Renowned British broadcaster and political analyst David Frost, who once drew an apology for Watergate from former U.S. president Richard Nixon, has died of a heart attack. He was 74.
A family statement said Frost died late Saturday aboard the luxury Cunard cruise liner Queen Elizabeth, just hours after departing the British port of Southampton. He had been scheduled to deliver an address during the 10-day cruise.
In a television career that spanned five decades, Frost interviewed a long list of the world's most powerful and influential people, including British prime ministers, U.S. presidents and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
Historians say Richard Nixon, who resigned the U.S. presidency in 1974, used his interview with Frost to begin rehabilitating his image after the Watergate scandal drove him from office. Asked to evaluate the personal impact of the scandal, the former president said "I let down my friends, I let down my country."
During his lengthy career, Frost also interviewed Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African Nobel laureate F.W. de Klerk, former French president Jacques Chirac, Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.