Regis Philbin dies at age 88

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Television legend Regis Philbin has died at the age of 88.

According to a report by People Magazine, he passed away on July 24th.

It also published a statement from his family which read: “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 began his iconic career in 1988 as the host of “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee” alongside Kathie Lee Gifford.

The franchise became “Live! with Regis and Kelly” in 2001 after he was joined by Kelly Ripa, however he eventually departed in 2011 after 23 years on-air.

Philbin also served as the original host of the widely popular game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” from 1999 to 2002, and also had hosting stints on “Million Dollar Password”, the first season of “America’s Got Talent”, and “Rachael Ray”.