Regis Philbin, a TV character, died at the age of 88

Regis Philbin, a TV character, died at the age of 88
Legendary broadcaster Regis Philbin died, according to a joint statement issued by his family on Saturday. He was 88 years old.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of our beloved Regis Philbin last night due to natural causes, and he is ashamed of one month of his 89th birthday," said the statement sent to CNN on Saturday. “His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we spent with him - because of his warmth, mythical humor, and his unique ability to turn every day into something worth talking about.”

"We thank his fans and admirers for their amazing support during his 60-year career, and we request privacy and we mourn his loss," the statement said.

Philbin has been the host of several TV shows, including the "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" morning talk show, which he co-hosted with Kathie Lee Gifford. Later, Kelly Ripa took over shared hosting and was renamed the show "Living with Regis and Kelly".

Over the years, Philbin has also hosted Miss America's contests and game shows like ABC's "Who Wants to be Millionaire."

Philbin was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career and won six awards, and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In 2006, Philbin was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the TV Academy Hall of Fame.

Philbin holds the world record for most hours on American TV, according to the Guinness World Records, with over 16,700 hours on the air.

In a testimony posted on Instagram, Katie Lee Gifford, the long-time participating host of Philbin, said, "There are no words to fully express the love of my precious friend, Regis."

"I smiled with the knowledge of somewhere in the sky," she wrote, "at this very moment, someone laughs." "It made me feel very comfortable when I learned that he had a personal relationship with his Lord who brought him great peace.

Gifford said, there has never been, and never will be.

Ripa and her current host, Ryan Seacrest, said in another Instagram post that they are "very sad" to learn about Philbin's death.

"It was ultimately class behavior, bringing his laugh and joy to our homes every day live for more than 23 years," the statement said. "We were extremely fortunate to have him as a guide in our professional life and every day we look forward to filling his shoes in the show."

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