The family of Regis Philbin remembered the late TV icon at the age of 88 last week.
Philbin’s wife Joy, 79, and her two daughters, Jennifer, 45, and 47-year-old Joanna, reflected on their special connection to the audience in a poignant statement shared with the public.
The women said, “They let everyone come into their lives.” ‘He turned every little bit of heartburn and happiness into a story, and he shared all those little stories with people in a happy and conversational way. It made his audience feel that they were right with him – because they were. ‘
‘He let everyone come into his life’: Regis Philbin’s family remembers the late TV icon aged 88 last week (pictured with wife Joy in 2016)
On July 24, Philbyn was surrounded by loved ones after passing through natural causes, his family told People on Saturday.
The reason for Star’s death was revealed with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington on Wednesday, telling CT E! News Philbin died of myocardial infarction due to coronary artery disease.
The late host was remembered by countless celebrities who paid tribute to Philbin on social media, including Donald Trump, Jimmy Fallon and his former coach, Kelly Ripa.
Philbin was one of America’s favorite TV hosts, who likes Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and America’s Got Talent under his belt.
However, he was perhaps best known for hosting his own debut on ABC Live !, which he worked on from 1985 until his retirement in 2011.
Family Man: The Phillies with their daughters Joanna and Jennifer in 1987
Narrator: Philbin’s family said that the TV host ‘turned every little bit of heartache and happiness into a story’ (pictured with his family in 2003)
Filene co-hosted the show from 1985 until her departure in 2000 with Kathy Lee Gifford, and then with Kelly Ripa, who has remained on the show ever since.
Gifford paid tribute to Philbin on the Today Show, where he recalled their immediate connection.
He said, “We flew like a rocket.”
Gifford said he recently had lunch with Philin and his wife Joey and felt a ‘fragility’ about her, which he had not seen during their last visit in January.
TV Team: Regis Supported Live! With Kathy Lee Gifford from 1985 until her departure in 2000 (pictured 1999)
Dynamic duo: The pair co-hosted their hit show in Hawaii in 1997
But that did not stop the trio from sharing lots of laughter.
“We sat here on my screen porch and we called ourselves sick – we always got up from where we left off,” he said, adding that he and Philbin had become ‘dear friends’ even after leaving the show .
‘We had the best time, and after they left, I just thought to myself: “God, am I going to see my friend for the last time?”
‘Because he was failing, I could tell.’
Meanwhile, Kelly remembers the late star with a picture with Philbin and her new live! cohost, ryan secret.
‘We are saddened to learn of the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy to our homes on Live for over 23 years. We were lucky to have him as a patron in his career and wished everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deep love and condolences to his family and hope that they can find some comfort knowing that they left the world in a better place. – Kelly and Ryan, ‘she wrote on Instagram.
Tribute: Kelly Ripa, meanwhile, remembered the late star with a photo of herself with Philbin and her new live! cohost, ryan secret