Television personality Regis Philbin sadly passed away last Friday at the age of 88. On a recent episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” the co-hosts revealed where he would be buried.
According to Kelly Ripa, Philbin will be buried in South Bend, Indiana, at the Notre Dame campus. The news was announced on Monday on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
Ripa confirmed: "He [Philbin] will be buried at his beloved Notre Dame which I just know means the world to him." She appeared to be fighting back tears as she and Ryan Seacrest paid tribute to the former co-worker.
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WHERE HE WILL BE BURIED
According to the “South Bend Tribune,” the late star’s funeral service would be held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. He would then be laid to rest at the Cedar Grove Cemetery on campus, however, no date has been set yet.
As a young man, Philbin attended the University of Notre Dame. In 1953, he graduated with a degree in sociology.
PHILBIN’S LOVE FOR HIS UNIVERSITY
The late star was quite open about his love for the university and its athletic department. A previous episode of “Live! with Regis and Kelly” on November 19, 2010, featured Philbin inviting the school's mascot, The Leprechaun, to join them on air.
STATEMENT BY UNIVERSITY’S PRESIDENT
The segment, that starred David Zimmer as the leprechaun, occurred ahead of Notre Dame's football match against Army at Yankee Stadium. Notre Dame’s President Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., released a statement on the university's website about Philbin’s death.
REGIS’ CHARM ONSCREEN
He wrote: "Regis regaled millions on air through the years.” Jenkins also noted how the television show host often spoke passionately about his alma mater.
PHILBIN’S SUPPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY
He shared how the late star would be remembered at the university “for his unfailing support for the University and its mission” and “the Philbin Studio Theater.” In 2011, the celebrity donated $2.75 million to the university and the theater was created in his honor at performance art venue on campus.
HIS GENEROSITY WOULD BE MISSED
Jenkins revealed how the host would also be recalled for his generosity “with his time and talent in support of South Bend’s Center for the Homeless.” The statement concluded with the president sending his condolences to Philbin’s family.
The star died of natural causes, according to his family.