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London - Television journalist David Frost, one of Britain's most enduring public figures, died suddenly aged 74, his family said on Sunday.
He suffered a fatal heart attack on Saturday on a cruise ship where he was giving a speech.
Frost combined serious journalism with his own celebrity status. He interviewed eight serving British prime ministers and seven US presidents.
“My heart goes out to David Frost's family,” Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter, calling him “both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.”
Frost rose to prominence in the 1960s as host of the satirical British TV programme That Was The Week That Was.
A tribute to slain US President John F Kennedy on the show was rebroadcast in the US in 1963, leading to regular appearances on television in that country.
He became an international household name following a series of interviews with disgraced former US president Richard Nixon in 1977, which later served as the basis for the 2008 film Frost/Nixon.
Frost also helped organise the 1979 Music for concert, which turned the UN General Assembly into a stage for a charity music show to raise money for the organisation children's fund.
In 2005, he provoked controversy when he moved to the Qatar-based channel Al Jazeera English, where he presented a weekly current-affairs programme.
Frost continued to follow a busy schedule. He died aboard the Cunard Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he gave a series of speeches.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Carina, and their three sons. - Sapa-dpa