Radio presenter Julie Donaldson has passed away after contracting coronavirus.
The Morning Mix presenter at Zetland FM based in Redcar, was admitted to hospital on October 6.
Her husband John confirmed Julie sadly passed away during the early hours of Saturday morning.
The "inspirational" star put up an "incredibly brave fight" against Covid-19 and spoke about her battle whilst in James Cook University Hospital.
A statement on Zetland FM's Facebook page confirmed the tragic news on Saturday
It said: "As you may know, our 'Morning Mix' presenter Julie Donaldson has been in intensive care for several weeks having contracted covid-19.
"Today, Julie's husband John has been in touch with some terribly sad news: "I am devastated to have to write that Julie died this morning shortly after 5am.
"She was admitted to hospital earlier this month and put up an incredibly brave fight to combat this terrible disease.
"In the end her heart simply could not cope with the strain which her deteriorating lungs were placing on it.
"The doctors and nurses in ICU were exceptional and were all so supportive and went the extra mile to comfort her when she most needed it.
"I would also like to thank all her friends on Facebook for your kind words and encouragement, I know this has helped her enormously."
A spokesperson from the radio station also paid tribute to to the "exceptional radio presenter" and "hugely valued colleague".
The statement added: "Everyone at Zetland FM is heartbroken at this news, Julie was an exceptional radio presenter, a hugely valued colleague and a friend to us all at Zetland FM.
"We also know she was much loved by our listeners and across the community in Redcar and Cleveland.
"Julie was a wonderful woman who was an inspiration to everyone she met.
"She was passionate about supporting the local community in Redcar and Cleveland and worked tirelessly to promote local groups, charities and organisations.
"We will miss her terribly and we send our heartfelt condolences to her husband John, and her family and friends.
"Zetland FM will pay tribute to Julie in a special programme on Monday morning from 8am.
"Julie – thanks for everything, you will always be part of Zetland FM, and we will remember you forever."
Earlier this week, Julie thanked everybody for their support on her 22nd day in intensive care.
She said: "The love and encouragement I have felt from messages is much needed I can tell you.
"The team here at James Cook are absolutely wonderful. Run off their feet, but monitor me every second of the day."
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