By Mina Tocalini
Iconic TV Host Regis Philbin passed away at age 88 one month before his 89th birthday. Philbin suffered from cardiovascular disease and had undergone heart surgery and other related operations in the past, the disease ultimately took his life. Philbin is survived by his wife, Catherine Faylen, his daughters and grandchildren.
Famed by his hosting on ‘Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee’, ‘Live! with Regis and Kelly’ and ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’, Philbin was loved by audiences daily and revered as “hardest working man in show business”. Philbin’s career began as a page on the Tonight Show and spanned 52 years. Philbin has appeared in over 16,500 hours on U.S. television, leaving him with the Guiness World Record for “Most Hours on Television”.
Regis Philbin was a pivotal part of television for generations of Americans. As the host of his daily shows, game shows, holiday specials and more, he will continue to be treasured by his family, friends and beloved fans.