Regis Philbin, iconic US TV host, dies aged 88

Veteran American broadcaster Regis Philbin has died at the age of 88, a family statement says.

The talk show host, actor and presenter started work in TV in the mid-50s, and became famous with the national talk show "Live! with Regis", first with Kathie Lee Gifford, then Kelly Ripa.

He announced in 2011 he was retiring from the weekday show, after he had hosted it for more than 25 years.

He also presented the US version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

A family statement to People magazine read: "For his warmth, his legendary sense of humour, 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."

He died on Friday of natural causes, People said.

President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences, calling Philbin "one of the greats".

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One 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. He kept telling me to run for President. Holds the record for “most live television”, and he did it well. Regis, we love you….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2020

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Regis Philbin was honoured multiple times in his career, taking home three Daytime Emmy awards, and a Lifetime Achievement.

He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2006 and received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2003.

As he announced his retirement from Live! with Regis and Kelly, he said: "There is a time that everything must come to anRead More – Source