Veteran British interviewer David Frost dies of heart attack
LONDON (REUTERS) - British journalist David Frost, best-known for interviewing former US president Richard Nixon, died of a heart attack on Saturday at the age of 74, the BBC reported on Sunday.
"Sir David died of a heart attack last night aboard the Queen Elizabeth, which is a Cunard (cruise) liner where he was giving a speech. His family are devastated and ask for privacy at this difficult time," the family said in a statement read on BBC television.
Immortalised in the 2008 film Frost Nixon, he was a pioneer of broadcasting for more than half a century, including the satirical programme That Was The Week That Was, and appeared in several British television programmes in recent years.
Mr Frost secured his broader reputation with the Nixon interviews of 1977, three years after the president retreated into silence after quitting in disgrace. In those encounters, the British talk-show host sparred with the former US president for hours before eliciting a moment of historical drama: Mr Nixon apologised for the bugging of Democratic rivals at Washington's Watergate building and the later cover-up.