Veteran Journalist David Frost Dies at 74

LONDON (KTLA) – British journalist David Frost, who gained fame for his 1977 interviews with former President Richard Nixon, died Saturday night, his family said.

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David Frost

Frost was on the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth, when he had a suspected heart attack, his relatives told the BBC.

He was 74-years-old.

The ship left Britain Saturday and was on its way to the Mediterranean, according to media reports.

The broadcasting legend was set to give a speech during the cruise when he was found dead.

A statement from his relatives 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.”

The Oscar-nominated 2008 film “Frost/Nixon” was based on Frost’s interviews with Nixon.

The film was directed by Ron Howard, and won a string of awards.

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Frost sat down with President Nixon in 1977

It starred Michael Sheen and Frank Langella.

In a 2009 interview about the film, Frost told CNN his conversations with Nixon were challenging.

“It was amazing to discover how … hopeless he was at small talk,” Frost said.

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