Regis Philbin, television personality, has died at 88
Chuck Johnston and Dakin Andone, CNN
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(CNN) — Legendary broadcaster Regis Philbin has died, according to a statement shared by his family on Saturday. He was 88 years old.
“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,” said the statement sent to CNN Saturday. “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,” the statement said.
Philbin was the host of numerous television shows, including the morning talk show “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee,” which he co-hosted with Kathie Lee Gifford. Co-hosting duties were later taken over by Kelly Ripa and the show was renamed “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
Over the years, Philbin also hosted Miss America pageants and game shows like ABC’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”
Philbin was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career and won six, and he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In 2006, Philbin was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
Philbin holds the world record for most hours on US television, according to Guinness World Records, with more than 16,700 hours on air.
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