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Longtime media personality Regis Philbin, host of “Live! WIth Regis and Kathie Lee ”and“ Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? ”. He was 88 years old.

USA TODAY

The cause of Regis Philbin’s death was revealed.

The TV legend, a household name during his ubiquitous six-year career on the small screen, died on Friday at the age of 88.

Linda Silvia of the main medical office in Farmington, Connecticut, confirmed on Thursday that Philbin died of a “myocardial infarction due to coronary artery and hypertension.”

Philbin’s family confirmed the news of Philbin’s death in a statement sent on Saturday by his deputy, Lewis Kay.

“We are deeply sad to share that our beloved Regis Philbin died last night of natural causes, one month shy before her 89th birthday,” his family wrote.

Accepted by millions of people for a less-conscious awareness and fast-paced style that seemed more contiguous than Hollywood, Philbin was the dominant television force of the day for more than two decades and co-organized “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee “and” Live “With Regis and Kelly. He also became the king of prime time as a host of the ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” phenomenon.

During his career, Philbin became a ubiquitous presence on television, spending decades in daily conversations highlighted more than 20 years on a morning show with Gifford (1985-2000) and then Kelly Ripa (2001-2011). Philbin last appeared at the show, now known as “Live With Kelly and Ryan,” in November 2011.

After graduating, Kathie Lee Gifford last thought when she saw her former classmate and longtime friend during a gala performance on Monday for “Today.” About two weeks ago, she spoke to lunch with Philbin and his wife, Joy, at Gifford’s Connecticut.

“We just had the best time, and when they left, I thought, Lord, is this the last time I see my friend?” Because it failed, I could say, “she said.

Gifford added that she was “so grateful that the Lord gave me the last time” with Philbin.

“It was so rare, because when I was talking to Joy on the day I found out right after he passed, she said, ‘Kathie, he hasn’t laughed for a long, long time. She said, “I was worried about him,” she said.

Contributors: Morgan Hines and Bill Keveney, USA TODAY

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