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2020-07-25 15:35:03

 

Regis Philbin, Former 'Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee' Host, Dead at 88

Regis Philbin, best known for hosting Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee, died on Friday, July 24 at the age of 88.

“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 said in a statement to People on Saturday, July 25.

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Regis Philbin attends Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC Partners Annual Charity Day at BGC Partners, INC on September 11, 2013 in New York City. Shutterstock

“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,” the statement continued. “We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.”

Bronx-born Philbin, who began his career as a writer, got his start in San Diego in 1961 on The Regis Philbin Show. After appearing in a number of talk shows, he moved to NYC in 1983 to host The Morning Show, which became Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee in 1988. After cohost Kathie Lee Gifford left the show in 2001, Philbin co-hosted the show with Kelly Ripa before he left in 2011 after 23 years.

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