British broadcaster David Frost has died; he interviewed a disgraced Richard Nixon

British broadcaster David Frost, known to American audiences for his interviews with Richard Nixon, has died. Frost was 74.

Frost’s fascination with the Nixon saga eventually led him to personally finance a series of interviews with President Richard Nixon after Nixon’s resignation. During the discussions about Watergate Nixon eventually touched the edges of an apology.

While Nixon didn’t accept direct guilt, he famously explained that anything that may have appeared unsavory was legal.

Nixon told Frost “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” The series of interviews became the basis for the movie “Frost/Nixon,” which chronicled the many challenges Frost faced in paying Nixon for the now-famous discussions.

Sir David Frost was recently spoke about the internet and chances former VP Dick Cheney or former President George W. Bush possibly having a Frost/Nixon moment.

“My heart goes out to David Frost’s family,” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted Sunday morning. “He could be — and certainly was with me — both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.”

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