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, Kay Lewis.
He was quite a character! That description of his "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee" show reminded me of the episode of "Diagnosis Murder" where Regis Philbin plays a talk show host who shoots and kills his co-host - played by Kathie Lee Gifford. It was very good.
Psalm 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.