TV Legend & Host, Regis Philbin Passes Away At 88

Longtime television host and personality, Regis Philbin passed away at 88 on July 24th, the cause of death revealed to be a heart attack from coronary artery disease.

Emily Mae Heller

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: July 30th, 2020 10:07 pm pst

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The Hosts of Hosts known for some of the most iconic hosting roles on television including Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? As well as made regular appearances on the late night talk-show circuit. 


Philbin held the Guinness World Record for most recorded hours on U.S. television with over 17,000 hours in the span of his 65-year career in the television business. His incredible personality, excitement, humor, indelible talent as a host created memories and influenced so many people around the world. 

As a huge wrestling fan, Regis had the honor of hosting backstage interviews for Wrestlemania VII and interviewing some of the top WWE personalities and superstars including Ultimate Warrior, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. 

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The consummate professional and most welcoming host that paved the way for so many other hosts on television, Regis will be missed by many! 

Celebrities, fans, and his former co-hosts responded to the news on social media: 

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There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

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You can watch some of Regis’ best moments on Youtube whether it’s your favorite game show, talk-show moments or if you need a little laugh. 

The whole ABTV family is thinking of Regis Philbin’s family, friends and fans during this difficult time. Tune in daily to AfterBuzz TV articles for the latest entertainment news. 

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About The Author:

Emily Mae Heller is an Emmy-nominated film, tv, live events, and theatre producer, born and raised in Los Angeles with a deep passion for storytelling, sports, and entertainment.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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