Sir Michael Parkinson dies aged 88 as tributes flood in for iconic TV presenter

Sir Michael Parkinson dies aged 88 as tributes flood in for iconic TV presenter
Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 17/08/2023

- 10:15

Updated: 17/08/2023

- 11:32

The legendary TV host had a career spanning seven decades in the spotlight

Sir Michael Parkinson has died at the age of 88, his family has confirmed.

In a statement, via the BBC, they said: "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."

Parkinson had previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2013.

However, he announced he had received the all-clear two years later after undergoing radiotherapy treatment.

During his time on the small screen, Parkinson was best known for interviewing some of the world's biggest stars.

Michael Parkinson on the Graham Norton Show

Michael Parkinson regularly appeared on the BBC throughout his career


This includes the likes of Peter Kay, Madonna, Sir Elton John, and many, many others.

Following his death, a number of people have paid tribute to the broadcaster.

BBC director-general Tim Davie said in a lengthy statement: "Michael was the king of the chat show and he defined the format for all the presenters and shows that followed.

"He interview the biggest stars of the 20th century and did so in a way that enthralled the public.

"Michael was not only brilliant at asking questions, he was also a wonderful listener.

"Michael was truly one of a kind, an incredible broadcaster and journalist who will be hugely missed."

BBC reporter Nick Robinson added on Twitter: "He was the greatest interviewer of our age who owned Saturday night TV for year after year. Michael Parkinson - king of the chat show - has died."

Singer Elaine Paige shared a photo of herself and Parkinson as she wrote: "Such very sad breaking news that Sir Michael Parkinson has died.

"Have known him for many years, sang on his TV chat show & attended many events with him. A legendary interviewer that will be remembered as the best of his profession.

"We will never see his like again. RIP Michael."

Former Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves also shared: "They say never meet your hero’s.

"I did and held Sir Michael Parkinson in even greater esteem. Consummate pro, brilliant interviewer and warm genuine down to earth proper journalist. The undisputed king of chat shows. Condolences to his family." (sic)

Sir Michael Parkinson knighted

Michael Parkinson was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II


Parkinson was born in 1935 in Cudworth, South Yorkshire.

He is survived by his wife Mary, three children and three grandchildren.

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