Michael Parkinson, a renowned broadcaster widely considered Britain’s talk show king has died at age 88. His family said in a statement to the BBC on Thursday that Parkinson died “peacefully at home last night” after a brief illness.
Parkinson’s career included interviews with celebrities such as Muhammed Ali, David Bowie and John Lennon. His talk show, which was called “Parkinson,” first aired on the BBC in June 1971 and enjoyed a successful run until 1982. In 1998, the show was revived on the BBC and proved an instant hit. It then switched to commercial rival ITV in 2004 and ran until 2007.
Parkinson, who was commonly known as Parky, was knighted by the late Queen Elizabeth II in 2008 and said of the accolade, “I never expected to be knighted — I thought there was more chance of me turning into a Martian really.”
The celebrities he interviewed also included Fred Astaire, Jimmy Cagney and Orson Welles. In 2013, he spoke openly about being diagnosed with prostate cancer after a routine health check. He had three sons with his wife Mary, whom he married in 1959.
In other news – Jamie Foxx says he’s ‘back and better’
Jamie Foxx has spoken out about his health after the “medical complication” he endured, with the actor shedding light on how he’s doing now.
Back in April it was revealed that the esteemed actor had experienced a “medical complication”, with the cause of his ill-health unknown. It then soon emerged that the They Cloned Tyrone actor had been hospitalised while he dealt with the health scare. Jamie’s family then revealed in May that he was no longer in hospital. Jamie has since shared a video where he addressed his health woes and cleared up any speculation. Read More