Manhattan, New York: Legendary broadcaster Regis Philbin who hosted the talk show “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee!,””Live With Regis & Kelly!,” and the game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” has died.
According to a family spokesperson, Philbin died of natural causes on at night on Friday, July 24th, 2020 at his home in Manhattan, New York.
In a statement to People Magazine who first reported the news, they said, “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.”
Regis Philbin was born on August 25th, 1931, was raised in the Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1949 before attending the University of Notre Dame where he earned a sociology degree in 1953.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, Regis Philbin began his career in show business as a writer and made his way in front of the camera in 1961 with a local talk show in San Diego called The Regis Philbin Show.
In 1967, Regis Philbin became widely known as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show.
After a string of local talk shows, including A.M. Los Angeles and Regis Philbin’s Saturday Night in St. Louis, Regis Philbin moved to New York in 1983 to host The Morning Show, which was renamed three years later as Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.
Regis Philbin’s accolades include Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding talk show host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as outstanding game show host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Regis Philbin also received a Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.
Throughout his career, Regis Philbin had various health issues, including underwent an angioplasty in 1993, triple bypass surgery due to plaque in his arteries in March 2007 and hip replaced in December 2009.
Regis Philbin, who was married twice, is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin.
Thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Regis Philbin’s family and friends as they mourn the loss of Regis Philbin.