The legendary broadcaster, Regis Philbin has died at the age of 88, according to reports shared by his family on Saturday.
“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,” said the statement, “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,” the statement said. Also Read– Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green dies aged 73
In his 60-yer career, the legendary broadcaster, Regis Philbin was the host of many television shows including talk show “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.” Over the course of his long career, he hosted Miss America pageants and game shows like “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
Regis Philbin’s Awards and World Records
Philbin won six Daytime Emmy Awards and was nominated for 37 throughout his career. He was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In 2006, Regis Philbin was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Currently, Regis Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for most hours on US television, with over 16,700 hours on the air.
Philbin’s co-host Kathie Lee paid tribute to the star on Instagram. “I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh,” she wrote. “It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace.
“There has never been anyone like him,” Gifford said. “And there never will be.”
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“He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes every day on Live for more than 23 years,” the statement said. “We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire every day to fill his shoes on the show.”