Old.Quotwe are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes. One month shy of his 89th birthdayquot said, the statement sent to CNN Saturday., quotHis, 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.quotquotWe thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60 year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his lossquot. The statement said.Philbin was the host of numerous television shows, including the morning talk show quotLive with Regis and Kathie Leequot, which he co hosted with Kathie Lee Gifford. Co hosting duties were later taken over by Kelly Ripa and the show was renamed quotLive with Regis and Kelly.quotOver. The years Philbin also hosted Miss America, pageants and game shows like ABC’s. Quotwho Wants to be a Millionaire.quotPhilbin 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 16700 hours on air.In, a statement posted on Instagram Ripa and her Current co host Ryan Seacrest said they were quotbeyond saddenedquot to learn of Philbin’s death.

quotHe was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes, everyday on Live for more than 23 yearsquot.

The statement said. quotWe were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor. In our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show.quotRegis Philbin and Kelly Ripa attend a press conference on Regis’s departure from their TV talk show at ABC Studios. On November 17, 2011 in New York, City.Regis, Francis Xavier Philbin, was born in New York on August 25, 1931 to Frank and Florence Philbin.. He was named after Regis High School, a Jesuit school in Manhattan, attended by his father.He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 with a degree in sociology before going on to serve in the US. Navy.Philbin got his start in show business as a page on NBC’s quotThe Tonight Show.quot, He later hosted quotThe Regis Philbin Showquot out of San Diego, before joining quotThe Joey Bishop Showquot as Bishop’s sidekick.After, a stint as the host of a local Los Angeles TV talk, show. Philbin became the co host in 1983 of quotThe Morning, Showquot on WABC.Gifford became Philbin’s co host in 1985 and in 1988 the show was syndicated and renamed.. The duo continued hosting together until 2000, at which point Philbin hosted the show alone, then dubbed quotLive with Regisquot. Until he was joined by Ripa in 2001., He finally left the show in November 2011.Philbin had been married since March 1970 to Joy Philbin, with whom he had two children, Jennifer and Joanna.

An earlier marriage to Kay Faylan lasted from 1957 to 1968. Philbin had two children with Faylan, Danny and Amy.

Tributes to Philbin poured in on social media, including from President Donald Trump who wrote on Twitter quotOne of the greats in the history of television. Regis Philbin has passed on to even greater airwaves at 88.. He was a fantastic person and my friend.quotFellow longtime TV and radio host Larry King shared a picture with Philbin on Twitter, calling him quotsuch a prolific talent.quotquotHe could do it all and we loved him for itquot.