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BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Lisa Shaw has passed away at the age of 44 from a short illness.
The mid-morning show host died in hospital, with her devastated BBC colleagues confirming the news.
The BBC shared a statement from Lisa's family, which paid tribute to the wife and mother, saying: "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."
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Rik Martin, who is the acting executive editor as BBC Radio Newcastle, added: "Everyone at the station is devastated and thinking about Lisa’s lovely family.
"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."
Lisa began her career as a broadcast news journalist and radio presenter at Metro Radio, and worked at many of County Durham's radio station, before doing a stint as a columnist for the Sunday Sun.
She was originally from the county but went on to study at Bournemouth University.
Lisa also found success atNorth East commercial stations Century Radio and Real Radio, where she she received the Sony Gold Award for breakfast show of the year.
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