Régis Philbin struggled with the limitations brought on by the coronavirus pandemic in the months leading up to his death, according to his former “Live! ”Co-host Kathie Lee Gifford.
The iconic television personality died in July of heart disease and his mode of death was deemed natural, the Connecticut medical examiner’s office confirmed to Fox News at the time. He was 88 years old.
Gifford, who has remained a longtime friend of Philbin’s in the years since co-hosting “Live!” with Regis and Kathie Lee “from 1985 to 2000, appeared on” The Talk “Friday where she discussed Philbin’s final months.
According to Gifford, 67, Philbin was heartbroken by the coronavirus pandemic.
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“He had been depressed over the previous weeks and months, because of COVID,” she said (via People). “Regis couldn’t play anywhere, no one was out there, he couldn’t be Regis for people, you know.
The death of a close friend who succumbed to the coronavirus also weighed on Philbin, she said.
Gifford guessed that Philbin suffered from “depression”, adding that the late television personality “lived to make people happy”.
In the hours following Philbin’s death, Gifford took to her Instagram to remember her “precious friend”. She said she had “no words to fully express” her love for Philbin, and she called her life “legendary.”
“I just adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together joking, bickering and laughing at ourselves – a tradition and friendship we have shared to this day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, it makes someone laugh, ”she wrote.
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Gifford’s statement continued, “It comforts me to know that he had a personal relationship with his Lord which brought him great peace. I send all the love of my heart to Joy, his children, the rest of his family, and the countless people he touched during his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be. ”
Philbin and Gifford began their stint on “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee ”in 1985. The co-hosts who captured the hearts of Americans with their daily morning jokes turned 15 until Gifford left the series in 2000.
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“No arguments, no harsh words all this time,” Philbin said of his experience working alongside Gifford in front of a theater audience in 2000. “Well, there has been time that I did not speak to him for two weeks. I didn’t want to interrupt him.
After a trial period for a replacement, Kelly Ripa, then best known for her role in the soap opera “All My Children”, filled the role. Philbin left the show in 2011. Although he said Ripa took his exit personally, he explained on “Larry King Now” that his decision was due to the fact that he was getting older and that “it was no longer. good for me “.