Television has lost one of the brightest stars in its history as Regis Philbin passed away at 88 from natural causes.
As host of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Regis regularly interviewed WWE Superstars such as Yokozuna, Undertaker, Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels, and more.
Regis also played host at WrestleMania 7 along with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. Regis went on to commentate the main event of the evening which was Hulk Hogan defeating Sergeant Slaughter for the WWE Championship.
WWE issued the following statement regarding the passing of the television icon:
Regis Philbin passes away
WWE is saddened to learn that legendary entertainment figure Regis Philbin has passed away at age 88.
WWE Superstars were frequent guests on Philbin's morning show, "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," including Ultimate Warrior, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, John Cena and many more. Philbin even battled the massive Yokozuna in an epic tug-of-war on an episode.
The TV icon was also a memorable presence at WrestleMania VII where he conducted backstage interviews and provided commentary for the main event showdown between WWE Champion Sgt. Slaughter and Hulk Hogan. Regis also appeared on the historic Raw 1000, sending a classy congratulatory message to WWE.
WWE extends its condolences to Philbin's family, friends and fans.
Fightful also extends its condolences to Philbin's family, friends and fans.