Regis Philbin’s cause of death revealed


Iconic television personality Regis Philbin’s cause of death has been revealed.

In a statement to Fox News on Monday, the Chief Medical Examiner Office in Connecticut said: “He died of heart disease (natural).”

Philbin’s family previously confirmed to Fox News that he passed away from “natural causes.” He was 88.

“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 announced in a statement Saturday.

“His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about,” the statement continued. “We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.”

Philbin was best-known for his hosting duties on “Live!” — with co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa — and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

Fox News’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report



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