Legendary TV host Regis Philbin, famous for his time on “Live” and on ABC’s primetime hit gameshow “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” has reportedly died at age 88 of natural causes, according to People.
Regis’ family shared a statement following his passing on 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,”
Fans and celebrities immediately honored Philbin on social media.
Regis was a great broadcaster, a good friend and a tremendous amount of fun. He leaves behind a beautiful family and a TV legacy that will likely go unmatched. Regis, I hope our friend Rickles met you at the pearly gates with open arms and a slew of the insults you loved so much
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) July 25, 2020
I will always remember how much respect Regis Philbin showed to the wrestling world. I grew up watching Regis and Kathy Lee because that was my mom’s favorite show. Rest peacefully, Regis❤️ pic.twitter.com/nhRyK1E8as
— NattieByNature (@NatbyNature) July 25, 2020
Heartbroken. We will miss you regis 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/kB8oag8BFO
— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) July 25, 2020
I love you buddy. Thank you for everything. RIP. pic.twitter.com/2OhawtimCR
— Jason Gay (@jasongay) July 25, 2020
Remembering this iconic moment on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? RIP Regis Philbin! pic.twitter.com/8KljrBBVl1
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 25, 2020
RIP regis. I hope there’s a gin with a tonic back and a massive seafood platter waiting for you in the other side (yes, you can box up the leftovers) ♥️
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) July 25, 2020
My deepest condolences go out to the family & friends of #RegisPhilbin. I had the honor of being on LIVE several times including his final week of episodes with the song #FarewellToRegis @ https://t.co/7r2gymooK1. Regis was always awesome & the best. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/TaBsvuyPb7
— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) July 25, 2020