Sir David Frost dies aged 74

Broadcaster Sir David Frost has died aged 74 of a suspected heart attack.

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John Cleese: 'I was extraordinarily fond of David Frost'

John Cleese, whose career was arguably launched on Sir David's programme The Frost Report, said: "I was very, very sad to hear of David's death. I had known him for 52 years and I was extraordinarily fond of him.

John Cleese knew David Frost for 52 years. Credit: Sigurdson, Bjorn/Scanpix/Press Association Images

"He was always fun and kind and interesting and I never heard him make a mean comment about anyone.

"I owe a great deal of my professional career to David and I am very grateful for what he did for me. Life is going to feel rather diminished by the loss of his welcoming, cheery and optimistic voice."

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Sheen pays tribute to Frost's 'extraordinary tenacity'

Michael Sheen, the actor who played Sir David Frost on stage and in the 2006 film Frost/Nixon, has paid tribute to the broadcaster's "extraordinary tenacity."

"People talked about the rapport he had with people and how genuinely nice he was," Sheen said. "And of course people underestimated him because of that."

"He made you feel so appreciated and like he was genuinely so glad to see you."

Blair: It was always a pleasure to be interviewed by Frost

Tony Blair has fondly recalled interviews with the revered journalist Sir David Frost and described news of his death as "very sad".

"Sir David Frost was a huge figure in broadcasting," he said.

Sir David Frost with Tony Blair in the set of 'Breakfast with Frost'. Credit: BBC/PA Wire

"He had an extraordinary ability to draw out the interviewee, knew exactly where the real story lay and how to get at it, and was also a thoroughly kind and good natured man.

"Being interviewed by him was always a pleasure but also you knew that there would be multiple stories the next day arising from it. David was a great professional and a good friend. My deepest condolences to his lovely wife Carina and family. "

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Frost interviews Richard Nixon and Muhammad Ali

Sir David Frosts' list of interviewees included virtually every US president and British prime minister during his working life and sporting stars, including Muhammad Ali.

During his series of five interviews with Nixon, the notoriously slippery former president known as "Tricky Dicky" dramatically admitted that he had "let down the country".

Watch clips from Frosts' interview with Nixon and Ali:

PM: Frost made a huge impact on television and politics

David Cameron has said Sir David Frost was an "extraordinary" man who made a "huge impact" on television and politics.

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.

– Prime minister David Cameron
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