Regis Philbin’s long-running media personality, who died of “Live! Wis Regis and Kathie Lee” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”, Has died. He was 88 years old.


The cause of Regis Philbin’s death has been revealed.

The TV legend, a household name during his ever-present career, of six years on the small screen, died Friday due to natural causes at 88.

Linda Silvia, the chief medical examiner’s office in Petington, Connecticut, confirmed that Philbin died of “myocardial infarction due to coronary artery disease and hypertension.”

Philbin’s family confirmed the news of Philbin’s death in a statement sent Saturday by his representative, Lewis Kay.

“We are very saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, a shameful month on his 89th birthday,” his family wrote.

Philbin, acclaimed by millions for a less polished familiarity and a fast-paced style of speaking that seemed closer to Hollywood, has been a dominant daytime TV force for more than two decades, co-hosting “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee “and” Live With Regis and Kelly. “He briefly became the king of prime time, too, as the host of the ABC game-show phenomenon” Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. “

Throughout his career, Philbin has made an ubiquitous presence on television, and has spent decades in the daytime talk highlighted by more than 20 years in the morning show with Gifford (1985-2000) and beyond. Kelly Ripa (2001-2011). Philbin made his last appearance on the show, now known as “Live With Kelly and Ryan,” in November of 2011.

Following his passing, Kathie Lee Gifford reflected on the last time she saw her ex-co-star and longtime girlfriend during an appearance on the “Today” show on Monday. She said she had lunch with Philbin and his wife, Joy, at Gifford’s home in Connecticut about two weeks ago.

“We just had the best time, and after they left, I thought to myself, ‘Lord, is that the last time I’m going to see my friend?’ Because it was failing, I could tell you, “she said.

Gifford added that she is “so grateful that the Lord gave me that final time” with Philbin.

“It was so precious because when I talked to Joy the day I got right after it was over, she said, ‘Kathie, he’s not reached for a long, long time.’ She said, ‘I’m so worried about him,'” she said.

Contributing: Morgan Hines and Bill Keveney, USA TODAY

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