Nine years after leaving his iconic morning show Live! for good, Regis Philbin — who set a record for most hours on television with over 16,000 — died Friday of natural causes at 88.
In an exclusive statement to People magazine, the Philbin family said:
"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. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss."