“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.
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 gave the school $ 2.75 million to establish the Philbin Studio Theater, for laboratory and performing arts productions, at its DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
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.
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.
He also hosted the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” game show.