02 September 2013

Tribute to Sir David Frost

Tribute to Sir David Frost

Broadcaster and writer, Sir David Frost, has died of a heart attack at the age of 74.

Sir David was born on April 7 1939 at Tenterden, Kent, the son of a Methodist minister, the Revd W. J Paradine Frost. He had an extensive career spanning journalism, comedy, presenting and interviewed many of the world's most powerful leaders. He will be internationally remembered for his interviews with former U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1977.

Upon leaving school, Sir David began training to become a local Methodist preacher. He spent one year as a local preacher at Byron Road Methodist Church where he was remembered for producing satirical reviews at his local church youth club.  He opted to continue his studies at Caius College, Cambridge, instead of continuing into ministry. However, his Christian faith played a part in his later work for television: He went on to present a 10-week television series on the Alpha Course by ITV in 2001.

David Friswell, Head of World Church Relations for the Methodist Church, said: "Despite a busy life in the public eye, he always tried to find time to visit family including his sister, Jean Pearson, who spent nearly 30 years serving the Methodist Church in Ilesha, Nigeria."

Sir David Frost was the only journalist to have interviewed all seven British prime ministers who held office between 1964 and 2010, and every U.S. president who occupied the White House between 1969 and 2008. His extensive career has been acknowledged with many awards. In1969, he was appointed an OBE, made a Doctor of Laws in Boston and given a "Faith and Freedom" award for communicating the relevance of Judeo-Christian ethics to 20th century America. He was knighted by the Queen in 1993.

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