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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Sir David Frost dies aged 74

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