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David Frost: Nixon Interviewer Dies At 74

Sun, September 1, 2013 9:35am EDT by 3 Comments
David Frost Dead

So sad! The veteran broadcaster passed away on Aug. 31 from a suspected heart attack while aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship. He was 74 years old.

David Frost, who is best known for the series of interviews he did with disgraced U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1977, died on Aug. 31.

David Frost: Legendary Broadcaster Passes Away

The iconic broadcaster passed away from suspected heart attack while aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was expected to give a speech, according to BBC. The vessel left Southampton, England for a 10-day Mediterranean cruise.

David became known internationally after securing a series of television interviews with Nixon, who had resigned three years earlier. David’s interview skills, charisma, and ability to improvise made history during those interviews, as he was able to get Nixon to open up more than ever and say, “I’m saying when the president does it, it’s not illegal,” as well as, “I let the American people down and I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life.”

The face-to-face was the most watched news interview in TV history at the time, and it was immortalized by the 2008 film, Frost/Nixon.

But David’s prowess extended far beyond that one interview. He was the only man to interview all six British prime ministers serving between 1964 and 2007 and seven U.S. presidents in office between 1969 and 2008. Outside of political figures, David also sat down with stars from Orson Welles to Muhammad Ali to Clint Eastwood.

Current Prime Minister David Cameron sent his condolences after learning the news, saying:

Sir David was an extraordinary man – with charm, wit, talent, intelligence and warmth in equal measure. He made a huge impact on television and politics. The Nixon interviews were among the great broadcast moments, but there were many other brilliant interviews. He could be, and certainly was with me, both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.

David Frost will certainly be missed, but never forgotten. His stamp on the field of broadcast journalism is unmistakable.

WATCH: David Frost’s Interview With Richard Nixon

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