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Veteran British Journalist David Frost Dead At 74

British journalist and TV personality David Frost in a 2009 photo
British broadcast journalist David Frost, best known for getting the first extensive interview with Richard Nixon after he resigned the U.S. presidency in 1974, has died of a heart attack at age 74.

Frost's family issued a statement on September 1 saying Frost died the previous day aboard the "Queen Elizabeth" cruise liner, where he was giving a speech.

Frost conducted a series of interviews with Nixon in 1977 that were broadcast over four nights on American television.

Over his long career, he interviewed eight British prime ministers and seven U.S. presidents.

He was also the last journalist to interview Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, before he died in 1980.

Based on reporting by BBC and AFP