By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
On Saturday, August 31, journalist David Frost passed away from a heart attack at the age of 74 while on board the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth. The family has asked for privacy during this difficult time, and stated that a family funeral will be held in the near future. Details of a memorial service have not been given to the public yet, but the family states it will be announced in due time. So, who was Sir David Paradine Frost and why is his death causing such sadness among journalists and internet bloggers?
Well, Sir David Frost was a well-known English journalist, comedian, writer, and interviewer who gained popularity and credibility from a series of interviews with America’s ex-president Richard Nixon. After the 1972 Watergate scandal, which involved Nixon and his administration spying on the Democratic political party to gain information, many Americans felt betrayed by their nation’s leader. Support for Nixon in the next two years significantly dropped, which caused him to be the first president to resign from office in 1974. Even after the resignation, much of America was confused and felt as though no real answers had been given on the situation. It wasn’t until 1977 that America finally got further insight on Richard Nixon thanks to Sir David Frost.
His interviews with Nixon in 1977 became the most-watched political interviews ever. Not only did he ask the questions America wanted to know, but Frost also psychologically gathered the reasoning behind Nixon’s administration and faults. In the interview, Nixon let his guard down to tell Frost, “I let down my friends, I let down the country, and I let down our system of government, […] I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life.” It was that moment that signified David Frost as an amazing interviewer who had managed to crack Nixon.
Truly a man of many talents, Frost was described by the UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, as an “extraordinary man with charm, wit, talent, intelligence, and warmth in equal measure.” Now, if those words aren’t enough, then we’ll leave you with this quote by Frost: “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” As an inspiration to many aspiring journalists, may Sir David Frost rest in peace and continue to influence young minds.