Lisa Shaw dead: 'Brilliant' BBC presenter and mum dies aged 44 after short illness

A "BRILLIANT" BBC radio presenter has died in hospital aged 44 after a short illness.

Lisa Shaw's devastated family told of their heartbreak, saying "there is a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that will never be filled".

She was a daytime presenter for BBC Radio Newcastle, broadcasting daily.

The mum joined the station in 2016, after working in commercial radio in the North East – with stints at Metro Radio and Heart.

BBC Radio Newcastle's acting executive editor Rik Martin said: "She was a trusted colleague, a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend, and a loving wife and mum.

"She loved being on the radio and was loved by our audiences.

"We've lost someone special who meant a great deal to a great many people."

The BBC issued a statement from Ms Shaw's family described her as an "amazing person", adding: "We are all completely heartbroken, in disbelief, numb, and saddened, that there is a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that will never, ever be filled.

"We are so grateful for the time that we have had with her, and there are so many happy memories that we will hold dear for the rest of our lives.

"She was the best wife and mammy, sister, daughter, aunty, friend and colleague that anyone could hope for.

"She loved connecting every day with the wonderful people of the North East, and it gives us great comfort to know how many lives she was an integral part of every single day.

"We'd like to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support we have received at such a difficult time, reinforcing how deeply cherished she was by so many people. We will love and miss her, always."

Lisa grew up in County Durham and studied at Bournemouth University.

She also won the Sony Gold Award for breakfast show of the year.

Chris Burns, head of BBC Local Radio, said: "Lisa was a talented presenter who had already achieved a lot and would have achieved much more."

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