Dianne Oxberry’s husband Ian Hindle confirmed the news of the BBC weather star’s death in a statement obtained by the BBC. The weather presenter, who had two children with Ian, is believed to have died in hospital following a short-term illness. Today, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker referred to Dianne as a “special person” as he reflected on his memories with her in view of his 530,000 followers. Alongside a picture of Dianne, he commented: “Dear me. This is incredibly sad. What an amazing woman Dianne was and such a professional broadcaster.

“Devastating news for her family. Heartbreaking.”

He followed up on his post, writing: “What a special person Dianne Oxberry was.

“I was privileged enough to work with her on @BBCNWT and she was as loved and admired in the office as she was by the viewers.

“Whenever you were on location everyone would tell you how much they enjoyed watching Dianne. Such sad news.”

Louise Minchin also said the North West Tonight’s weather presenter will be “terribly missed”.

In view of her 143,000 followers, she commented: “Some very sad news about one of my BBC colleagues and friends @BBCNWT Dianne was a wonderful, passionate, inspiring woman, who we will all miss terribly.

How did Dianne Oxberry die? What was her cause of death?

“My love and thoughts go to her husband Ian and young family. Xxx”

Brian Cox described Dianne as a “superb broadcaster”.

He tweeted: “Very sad to hear that Dianne Oxberry has died.

“Anyone who has lived in the North West over the last 20 years or so will know what a superb broadcaster she was.”

Atomic Kitten star Liz McClarnon wrote: “So sad and shocked to hear that the lovely Dianne Oxberry has passed away!

“My thoughts and prayers go to her family. xxxx”

Dianne’s colleague Judith Moritz penned: “Devastated that my BBC colleague Dianne Oxberry has passed away after a short illness.

“She was so genuinely warm and kind. Funny and bright.

“A real light has gone out, for her workmates, and for audiences who loved her. Condolences to her family x.”

Dianne’s other former Roger Johnson co-star penned: “So sad to say that my much loved colleague Dianne Oxberry died yesterday, after a short illness, at The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

“Everyone at @BBCNWT is heartbroken, but all our thoughts are with her family. Rest in peace x.”