Sir David Frost funeral: Stars join family for private ceremony

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Close family and friends of the broadcaster and writer Sir David Frost have attended his funeral.

Veteran chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson, comedian Ronnie Corbett and broadcaster Stephen Fry were among the congregation at the Holy Trinity Church in Nuffield, Oxfordshire.

Sir David died at the age of 74 on 1 September after suffering a heart attack while on board a cruise ship.

The BBC understands a public memorial service will be held at a later date.

A close friend of the legendary broadcaster, who did not want to be named, described the funeral ceremony, which included hymns and readings, as "touching".

'Moving occasion'

He added: "It was such a sudden death. For friends... and family it was a very difficult time.

"The ceremony was a very touching and upsetting event."

The Reverend Brendan Bailey, who led Wednesday's service, tweeted: "Had immense privilege of conducting Sir David Frost's funeral yesterday.

Image caption Sir Michael Parkinson said Sir David Frost had had "a huge influence" on his career

"Very simple, moving occasion. Please pray for his family."

Stephen Fry also wrote on Twitter: "David Frost's funeral - so sad.

"He was a wonderful father, husband and friend. The only people who didn't like him hadn't met him."

Sir Michael Parkinson was among those who led the tributes following Sir David's death.

The veteran chat show host described him as "a huge influence" and praised his "great forensic skill".

Sir David, who had three sons with his second wife Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard who he married in 1983, had a heart attack while on board the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship.

His illustrious career spanned journalism, satire and daytime television presenting, including The Frost Report.

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