Sir Michael Parkinson dies as tributes pour in for broadcasting legend
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    Beloved broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson has died at the age of 88, his family have confirmed.

    A statement from his family read: "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."

    The BBC broadcaster's impressive career spanned across seven decades, with the TV presenter interviewing some of the biggest stars on his long-running chat show.

    Some of his high-profile guests included Sir Billy Connolly, Muhammad Ali, Sir Elton John, Madonna and David Beckham.

    The chat show host became a familiar face on both the BBC and ITV because of his Hollywood interviews, most notably on the BBC show Parkinson.

    His show first launched on the BBC on June 19, 1971 and enjoyed a successful run until 1982 – but that wasn't enough to slow him down.

    In 1998, his chat show was revived and certainly came back with a bang with his late-night show becoming an instant hit with viewers up and down the country.

    His show switched from the BBC to ITV1 back in 2004 and ran for a further three years before he retired from the show in the same year he stepped back from his Sunday morning Radio 2 programme.

    Other legendary names he has interviewed include David Bowie, John Lennon and Celine Dion but arguable his headline-making interviews was with actresses Dame Helen Mirren and US star Meg Ryan.

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    Back in 2013, the TV star revealed he was receiving radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer, and received the all-clear from doctors just two years later.

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