London, England, United Kingdom (4E) – Veteran British journalist David Frost has passed away aged 74 due to a suspected heart attack on Saturday while aboard a ship, his family told the BBC.
A statement from the family said, “His family are devastated and ask for privacy at this difficult time. A family funeral will be held in the near future and details of a memorial service will be announced in due course.”
Frost was aboard the Queen Elizabeth, which embarked that day for a 10-day cruise, to give a speech. One of his signature introductions is “Hello, good evening and welcome.”
The Kent-born Frost attended Cambridge University and went on to headline the BBC’s “That was The Week That Was” from 1962 until 1963. He was also known for his in-depth interviews with various personalities in his “the Frost Programme.”
He was known for his series of interviews with former U.S. president Richard Nixon, which are said to have been the basis for the 2006 play “Frost/Nixon.”
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his sentiments over Frost’s passing via Twitter saying, “My heart goes out to David Frost’s family. He could be – and certainly was with me – both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.”