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Beloved Television Host Regis Philbin Dies at 88

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Regis Philbin died on July 24 at the age of 88, according to People. The legendary television personality was known for hosting “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and  “Live! with Regis and Kelly.”

“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 told People in an exclusive statement.

Philbin openly lived with heart disease and high cholesterol. He told Everyday Health his first “heart health” wake up call was in 1992, when he started experiencing chest pains. The next year, he underwent an angioplasty to clear a narrowed artery in his heart. In 2007, he announced on his own show, “Live! with Regis and Kelly,” that he was getting triple bypass surgery. In the years after retiring from his show, he teamed up the American Academy of Family Physicians and took part in their Take Cholesterol to Heart campaign.

Fans and celebrities have been taking to Twitter to express their condolences and pay tribute to Philbin’s legacy.

Philbin’s also holds the Guinness World Record for Most Hours on U.S. Television.

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Originally published: July 25, 2020
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