The veteran broadcaster had been giving a speech aboard the Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday evening when he was taken ill.
A statement 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 long career spanned journalism, politics, comedy, and daytime TV and saw him front shows such as That Was The Week That Was, Breakfast with Frost, and Through The Keyhole.
Sir David became renowned for his interview technique in particular a series of interviews he did with disgraced former US president Richard Nixon. The interviews led to a 2008 Academy Award-nominated film Frost/Nixon. He became a popular figure in the states, at one point flying between the UK and America on a weekly basis to front programmes on either side of the Atlantic.
Breakfast with Frost editor Barney Jones – who worked with Frost for over a decade – described his former colleague’s death as “tragic” to the BBC.
David loved broadcasting, did it brilliantly for more than 50 years and was eagerly looking forward to a host of projects – including interviewing the prime minister next week – before his sudden and tragic death. We will all miss him enormously. – Barney Jones
As well as an on-screen personality he was also a notable television executive co-founding London Weekend Television, which ousted ATV London from the ITV weekend franchise for the capital in 1968. Again in 1980 he was one of the founders of ITV breakfast station, TV-am. He was the first to speak on the launch in 1983 saying, “Hello, Good Morning and welcome.”
In 1969 research revealed that he was, after the Queen and the then PM Harold Wilson, the best-known personality in the UK. He was due to record a programme about the 1960s next month along with Tony Blackburn and others.
He is survived by wife of 30 years, Carina, and their three sons.
Sir David Frost – 1939-2013
Frost Launched LWT in ’68
David meets former president Richard Nixon
The launch of TV-am
Through the Keyhole
Frost on Sunday