Legendary television host Regis Philbin died Friday night at age 88 of natural causes, his family confirmed.
"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 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."
Philbin, known as "the hardest working man in show business," hosted myriad talk and game shows since the 1960s, including "Live With Regis and Kelly," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "Million Dollar Password," and the first season of "America's Got Talent."
People magazine reports:
Philbin, who was married twice, is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who died in 2014.
🔦 Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for the most hours on U.S. television.