SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Television host Regis Philbin, who died a week in 88, was murdered in the University of Notre Dame after a personal funeral service in his alma mater, a college spokesman said.
Philbin was murdered Wednesday in Cedar Grove Cemetery in the northern Indiana Catholic college’s campus following a personal ceremony in the institution’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
“The Philbin family desired to attract Regis back into the area he loved a lot to get a private burial and funeral. That happened on Wednesday, and he’s now living in peace at Notre Dame,” college spokesman Dennis Brown said in an email.
The genial television set and character graduated from Notre Dame in 1953 and has been an avid alum, frequently coming into the South Bend campus for football games, pep rallies, banquets, concerts, and other occasions, the South Bend Tribune reported.
In 2001, he gave $2.75 million into the faculty to make the Philbin Studio Theatre, intended for lab and performance-arts productions, in its DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
School president that the Rev. John Jenkins commended Philbin because of his devotion to the faculty in a statement this week, stating that”Regis regaled countless atmosphere throughout time, oftentimes sharing a fervent love for his alma mater with audiences.”
He murdered in 2011 after a very long television career that included hosting the syndicated morning shows”Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” from 1985-2000 — together with jeweled Kathie Lee Gifford — and”Live! With Regis and Kelly”– together with Kelly Ripa — from 2001 until his retirement.