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Sir David Frost dies of suspected heart attack at 74
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Sir David Frost, seen in April 2012.
1 hour ago MSN UK News The Prime Minister has led tributes to veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost, who has died at the age of 74 following a suspected heart attack.
Sir David passed away last night on the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he had been due to give a speech, his family announced.
A statement to BBC News 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."
Sir David's legendary career began in journalism and took in comedy and daytime TV, though he remains best known for his piercing interviews with the former US President Richard Nixon.
David Cameron paid tribute to the Kent-born broadcaster as "both a friend and a fearsome interviewer".
A statement from the PM read: “My heart goes out to Carina and the family. Sir David was an extraordinary man - with charm, wit, talent, intelligence and warmth in equal measure.
"He made a huge impact on television and politics. The Nixon interviews were among the great broadcast moments - but there were many other brilliant interviews.
"He could be - and certainly was with me - both a friend and a fearsome interviewer."
Stephen Fry, paying tribute to his fellow broadcaster, comedian and writer, revealed he had spoken to Sir David in recent days and had found him "excited" and "full of plans".
"Oh heavens, David Frost dead? No!!" he tweeted. "I only spoke to him on Friday and he sounded so well. Excited about a house move, full of plans … how sad."
TV presenter Eamonn Holmes was also shocked at news of Sir David's death.
"Awful news about Sir David Frost," he tweeted. "Was with him recently. In Broadcasting ,The Daddy of them all ! Such an influence on me and a true Gent."