Remembering Regis

Remembering Regis

Regis Philbin attends a special screening of "The Hero" at The Whitby Hotel on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Legendary TV host Regis Philbin has passed away at 88 years old. His family told People: “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.”

His former “Live!” co-host, Kelly Ripa, released a joint statement along with her current co-host, Ryan Seacrest.

Meantime, his former “Live!” co-host for 15 years, Kathie Lee Gifford, had this to say:

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There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

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