TV legend Regis Philbin, a household name during his ever-present, six-decade career on the small screen, died Friday of natural causes. He was 88.
Philbin, embraced by millions for a not-overly-polished familiarity and brisk speaking style that seemed more neighborhood than Hollywood, was a dominant TV force in daytime for more than two decades, co-hosting “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” and “Live With Regis and Kelly.” He briefly became the king of prime time, too, as host of game-show phenomenon “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.”
Philbin’s family confirmed the news to USA TODAY in a statement sent Saturday by his representative, Lewis Kay.
“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,” his family wrote.