British journalist David Frost, who famously interviewed former President Richard Nixon in 1977, died Saturday, Aug. 31, aboard a cruise ship where he was to make a speech.

Frost, 74, interviewed the last eight British prime ministers and the seven U.S. presidents who held office from 1969 to 2008, according to reports. His Nixon interviews, which took place three years after Nixon resigned from office, were the most widely watched news programs broadcast anywhere up to that time.

Under questioning from Frost, Nixon said, almost tearully, "I let down the country. I let down our system of government and the dreams of all those young people that ought to get into government but think it’s too corrupt. … I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burden with me the rest of my life."

The interviews were dramatized in the 2008 film Frost/Nixon.