Michael Parkinson, the broadcaster best known for hosting the talkshow Parkinson from 1971 to 2007, has died aged 88.
A statement from his family says: “After a brief illness Sir Michael Parkinson passed away peacefully at home last night in the company of his family.”
“The family request that they are given privacy and time to grieve.”
In tributes shared on social media, comedian Eddie Izzard calls Parkinson “the king of the intelligent interview”, while BBC broadcaster Nick Robinson describes him as “the greatest interviewer of our age who owned Saturday night TV”.
Sir Michael was up there with the best of interviewers and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Mary and their three children, Andrew, Nicholas and Michael Jr.