Veteran British interviewer, journalist, presenter, writer, comedian, media personality and daytime TV game show host David Frost has died of a heart attack at the age of 74.
Frost is best known for interviewing disgraced former U.S. President Richard Nixon, or “Tricky Dicky,” in 1977. Their encounter went down in history as one of the most famous interviews of all time.
Three years after leaving office in 1974 under the threat of impeachment, cash-strapped Nixon agreed to be interviewed by Frost (for a fee).
Frost’s interviewing tactics proved difficult for Nixon to handle, who defended his involvement in the Watergate scandal by uttering the immortal words: “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal,” although later admitting that he had “let down the country.”
Over the years, Frost would go on to interview an almost countless number of world figures in politics, religion, royalty, and show business.
As well as interviewing most of the West’s political leaders, Frost interviewed many prolific figures from the Middle East, including the Shah of Iran, King Hussain of Jordan, and Suha Arafat, widow of former Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.
During a career that spanned half a century, Frost presented numerous TV programs, winning almost every television award possible.
From 2006 until 2012 he hosted the weekly program Frost Over the World on Al Jazeera English, where he interviewed Tony Blair, Imran Khan, Ban ki-Moon, Desmond Tutu, and many, many more.
Frost died from a heart attack on 31 August 2013 while aboard the cruise liner Queen Elizabeth, where he had been engaged as a speaker.
On the event of his death, British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “My heart goes out to David Frost's family. He could be - and certainly was with me - both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.”
He is survived by Carina, his wife, and their three sons.