-- Iconic TV personality and entertainer as well as wrestling celebrity Regis Philbin passed away, as per a statement released by his family that read "We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday." Media reports indicate that the 88-year old suffered a heart attack in his sleep. WWE, whom Philbin had a long standing relationship with, issued the following statment:
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.