The beloved star, Regis Philbin died of heart disease at the age of 88.
Philbin, who holds “the Guinness World Record for the most hours on U.S. TV,” has been known for for hosting talk and game shows. After starting his hosting career with the show, ‘Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee,’ he continued by becoming a longtime host for outstanding game shows & talks shows.
Once the news of his passing spread, the Philbin family talked to PEOPLE and made the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday.”
The legendary media personality, who received countless accolades, including Daytime Emmy Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, would be 89 on August 25.
The grieved family continued:
“His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.”
Following the news, many celebrities took to social media and sent condolences:
“Regis Philbin spent more time on television than almost anyone. And we were all better for it. Sending love to his family and his fans” wrote, Ellen DeGeneres.
“I’m absolutely heartbroken. Regis was an incredible man who could light up any room. He always made me feel special no matter if I saw him in the studio or ran into him on the street. Legend and Icon aren’t strong enough words to describe him. He will never be forgotten!!” added, Michael Strahan.
“Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun. He leaves behind a beautiful family and a TV legacy that will likely go unmatched. Regis, I hope our friend Rickles met you at the pearly gates with open arms and a slew of the insults you loved so much” said, Jimmy Kimmel.
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