Wednesday Regis Philbin was buried at the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater.
A spokesman for the school confirmed he was resting in Cedar Grove Cemetery on the North Indiana Catholic school campus after a private service at the Sacred Heart School Basilica.
The iconic television host died last week at the age of 88 due to heart failure.
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“The Philbin family wanted to bring Regis to the place he loved so much for a private funeral and burial. It happened on Wednesday, and he is now resting in peace at Notre Dame,”; the school spokesman said. Dennis Brown in an email.
The genius television host and personality graduated from Notre Dame in 1953 and was an enthusiastic alum, often returning to the South Bend campus for football games, pep demonstrations, banquets, concerts and events. another, South Bend Tribune reported.
In 2001, he donated $ 2.75 million to the school to create the Philbin Studio Theater, intended for lab productions and performing arts, at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
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The president of the school Rev. John Jenkins praised Philbin for his commitment to school in a statement this week, saying that “Regis has once again welcomed millions into the air over the years, often sharing a passionate love for his alma mater with viewers.”
His family told Fox News in a statement, “Regis was laid to rest at our beloved Notre Dame, after a private ceremony on Wednesday. Again, our family would like to thank everyone for their incredible love and the support you have given us and for the next Funny Memories and Memories you have shared.If you would like to honor Regis, we ask you to make a donation either to www.foodbanknyc.org or to the Center for the Homeless in South Bend (www. cfh .net) “
Phibin died of natural causes on July 24, just over a month before his 89th birthday. He retired in 2011 after a long television career that included hosting the syndicated morning shows “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee ”from 1985-2000 – with co-host Kathie Lee Gifford – and“ Live! with Regis and Kelly ”- with Kelly Ripa – from 2001 until his retirement.
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He also later hosted the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.