Ex-Radio 1 presenter and mother-of-two Dianne Oxberry dies from cancer aged 51 – as ‘devastated’ former co-star Simon Mayo pays tribute to ‘wonderful, joyous’ colleague
- Married mother-of-two worked with Steve Wright and Simon Mayo on Radio 1
- She became BBC North West’s weather presenter in 1994 until her death
- Husband Ian said: ‘Children and I will miss her more than anyone can imagine’
Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter For Mailonline
BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry has died suddenly at the age of 51 after recently being diagnosed with cancer
BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry has died suddenly at the age of 51 after recently being diagnosed with cancer, it was revealed today.
The married mother-of-two, who found fame working with Steve Wright and Simon Mayo on Radio 1, retrained as a meteorologist and became BBC North West’s weather presenter in 1994.
She was also famously adored by comedian Peter Kay, who once crawled on his hands and knees to get close to her as she gave a forecast on live TV.
The broadcaster was working in December but died at the Christie Hospital in Manchester on Thursday morning following her ‘short illness’.
Ms Oxberry lived in the city with her husband Ian Hindle, a cameraman, and their two young children.
Her husband said today: ‘Dianne was an amazing wife and mother who embraced life to the full.
‘She was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her but also to the people who watched and welcomed her into their homes each night as if she were part of their family too.
‘She will leave a massive void in our lives but because of the remarkable person she was she will forever live on in our hearts.
‘The children and I will miss her more than anyone can imagine.’
The couple met on the Saturday morning children’s television show, The 8:15 From Manchester, and moved to London when she joined Radio 1.
Simon Mayo tweeted this morning: ‘Devastated to hear this news. She was a wonderful, joyous part of our breakfast team at Radio 1. I loved working with her. My condolences to her family’.
BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker wrote: ‘Dear me. This is incredibly sad. What an amazing woman Dianne was and such a professional broadcaster. Devastating news for her family. Heartbreaking’.
The BBC presenter found fame working with Steve Wright and Simon Mayo on Radio 1, pictured with Mr Wright and Paul McCartney
The married mother-of-two (left in 2016) retrained as a meteorologist and became BBC North West’s weather presenter in 1994
Dianne (right with Pudsey) was working as recently as December and took part in a 100-mile relay walk for Children In Need with co-hosts Roger Johnson and Annabel Tiffin
Simon Mayo and Dan Walker led the tributes to Dianne, whose death was announced today
She recently took part in a 100-mile relay walk for Children In Need but fell ill in recent months.
Her fellow BBC North West presenter Roger Johnson said: ‘We are heartbroken by Dianne’s death. It is almost impossible to comprehend. Dianne was North West Tonight. It’s hard to imagine the programme without her.
‘Our thoughts are with Ian and all of Dianne’s family. We hope they will find some comfort in the knowledge so many people loved Dianne and will miss her terribly.’
After returning to to the north-west in the 1990s she presented BBC Radio Manchester’s lunchtime show and later the station’s flagship breakfast show.
Her passion was her family, but she was also a self-confessed ‘full-time pet-collector’, a lover of animals in particular horses.
Dianne Oxberry pictured with Simon Mayo and fellow Radio 1 co-host Caron Keating, who would also die young from cancer in 2004
Annabel Tiffin, also a presenter North West Tonight, said: ‘This is an enormous shock for all of us. I can scarcely believe Dianne has died. She was loved by our viewers, by all of us at North West Tonight. My heart breaks for her family.
‘Di was so talented, so beautiful, so funny and so full of life. On screen she was a star, radiating warmth and good humour. Off screen, she was a wonderful colleague, a loyal friend, and I will miss her terribly.’