Former TV host Regis Philbin’s reason for dying was formally revealed after he died on July 24.
The “Who Needs to Be a Millionaire?” star died from myocardial infarction resulting from coronary artery illness and hypertension, stated a spokesperson for the Chief Medical Examiner’s Workplace in Farmington, Connecticut, according to the New York Publish. He was 88 years previous.
It got here as his former “Regis and Kathie Lee” host Kathie Lee Gifford praised Philbin for being a loyal good friend.
“Everyone talks concerning the onerous occasions that I went by way of that have been public. They usually have been arduous occasions. By any definition they have been probably the most painful occasions of my life, for positive,” Gifford, 66, informed People journal this week.
She added, “But I all the time knew Regis had my again. He all the time protected me on the air. The Bible says, ‘You will know the truth, and the reality will set you free.’ I knew my very own fact. I was by no means going to let what the world stated about me outline me. And he all the time supported me in all of that.”
Gifford additionally stated she saw Philbin several weeks earlier than his demise.
“We sat proper here on my screened porch and we laughed ourselves sick—we all the time simply picked up proper the place we left off,” she stated.
Kelly Ripa, who additionally co-hosted a present with Philbin, also paid tribute to him.
“As individuals grow old, you all the time know that certain issues are inevitable, and passing away is a type of things, however Regis is among the those that all of us believed, I feel, would by some means work out a approach across the inevitable,” she stated, in accordance with the Submit.