British broadcaster David Frost has died, the BBC reports this morning.
Frost was aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship when he suffered a heart attack on Saturday evening, his family told the Independent.
My heart goes out to David Frost’s family. He could be – and certainly was with me – both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) September 1, 2013
Oh heavens, David Frost dead? No!! I only spoke to him on Friday and he sounded so well. Excited about a house move, full of plans … how sad
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) September 1, 2013
The legendary journalist may be best known for a series of interviews he conducted in 1977 with former U.S. president Richard Nixon. “Why didn’t you burn the tapes?” he asked the disgraced leader.
Frost had been with Al Jazeera English since 2006. He most recently had been at work on a series of hour-long interviews featuring such subjects as Buzz Aldrin, Isabel Allende, Garry Kasparov and Marc Andreessen (promo for that discussion below).
Al Jazeera notes that Frost was the only journalist to have interviewed the last seven U.S. presidents and Britian’s last six prime ministers.
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) September 1, 2013