Philbin died of natural causes at the age of 88.
Terrible news has struck again: Regis Philbin has passed away. He was 88 years old.
His family released the news in a statement to CNN 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. 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."
Philbin's career spanned many different jobs, including serving as the host of Miss America pageants and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He was perhaps best known for being a host with Kathie Lee Gifford on his morning talk show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, before working alongside Kelly Ripa for Live with Regis and Kelly.
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Philbin won numerous awards during his career, including being nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards (winning six), the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, and being inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
Philbin also holds the world record for most hours on TV with 16,700, according to Guinness World Records.
After hearing the news of his death, his former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford posted "no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis," in a tribute to her 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.
Philbin's other co-host, Kelly Ripa, released a statement along with her current TV partner Ryan Seacrest. They stated they were "beyond saddened" to hear of his death, claiming, "He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show."
He is survived by his wife, Joy, and three children. A fourth child died in 2014.
RIP, Reege. We'll miss you!