Broadcaster, producer and journalist David Frost has died at the age of 74. It is understood he suffered a heart attack aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship on Saturday evening.
With a broadcasting career spanning six decades, Frost was one of the most versatile, recognisable and celebrated faces on British television. He is best known internationally for his series of high-profile interviews in 1977 with disgraced former US president Richard Nixon, the subject of Ron Howard's 2008 film Frost/Nixon.
In Britain, Frost began his career on the airwaves in the early 1960s after producer Ned Sherrin picked the young Cambridge graduate as one of the presenters on pioneering satirical show That Was The Week That Was (TW3).
He went on to work with some of the greatest names in British showbusiness including John Cleese and The Two Ronnies on the celebrated show, The Frost Report. The success of this show attracted attention from foreign producers and saw Frost make television in both the US and Australia.
After the Richard Nixon interviews, Frost continued to concentrate on hard journalism, making a name for himself as one of the most fearsome interviewers in the business, and defining the Sunday morning news format. He began interviewing high-profile politicians with Frost on Sunday on TV-am in 1983. Ten years later, the format transfered to BBC as Breakfast With Frost, running almost without interuption until 2005.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Frost still kept in touch with his light entertainment roots, fronting panel show Through The Keyhole alongside Loyd Grossman.
More recently Frost has fronted news for Al Jazeera as well as making documentaries for a number of broadcasters, including the BBC.
David Frost received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career including an OBE in 1970 before being knighted in 1993. He was made a fellow of Bafta in 2005 and received a lifetime achievement award from the Emmys in 2009.
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."
A statement read: "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."
See David Frost interviewing Richard Nixon: