Regis Philbin buried at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame

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Régis Philbin was buried at the University of Notre-Dame, his alma mater, on Wednesday.

A school spokesperson confirmed he was laid to rest in Cedar Grove Cemetery on the North Indiana Catholic School campus after a private service at the school’s Sacred Heart Basilica.

The iconic TV host died last week at the age of 88 from heart failure.

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“The Philbin family wanted to bring Regis back to the place he loved so much for a private funeral and burial. This happened on Wednesday, and he now rests in peace in Notre Dame, ”school spokesman Dennis Brown said in an email.

Philbin, who died last week at the age of 88, was buried in the university’s Cedar Grove Cemetery, following a private funeral service on Wednesday July 29, 2020.
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The brilliant TV host and personality graduated from Notre Dame in 1953 and was a former enthusiast, often returning to the South Bend campus for football games, cheering rallies, banquets, concerts and more. other events, the South Bend Tribune reported.

In 2001, he donated $ 2.75 million to the school to establish the Philbin Studio Theater, for laboratory and performing arts productions, at its DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

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School president Reverend John Jenkins praised Philbin for his commitment to the school in a statement this week, saying that “Regis has feasted millions on the air over the years, often sharing a passionate love for his alma mater with viewers.

Regis Philbin and wife Joy Philbin during Regis Philbin Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Achievements on Television at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States.

Regis Philbin and wife Joy Philbin during Regis Philbin Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Achievements on Television at Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States.
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His family told Fox News in a statement: “Regis was laid to rest at his beloved Notre Dame, following a private ceremony on Wednesday. Once again our family would like to thank everyone for the incredible love and support you have given us and for the hilarious tributes and touching memories you have shared. If you would like to pay tribute to Régis, we ask you again to please donate either to www.foodbanknyc.org or to the South Bend Homeless Center (www.cfh .net). ”

Phibin died of natural causes on July 24, just over a month before his 89th birthday. He retired in 2011 after a long television career which included hosting the morning subscribed shows “Live!” with Regis and Kathie Lee ”1985-2000 – with co-host Kathie Lee Gifford – and“ Live! with Regis and Kelly ”- with Kelly Ripa – from 2001 until his retirement.

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He also later hosted the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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