Regis Philbin and Joy Philbin share two daughters. Their love for each other blossomed from the day they met.
Death is painful but it is an inevitable part of life. While it is incredibly hard to accept the passing of our loved ones, we can be thankful for the time we shared with them and the great memories we created with them. Famous television host Regis Philbin bid farewell to the world at the age of 88 on 25 July 2020. Philbin's death comes just months after he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his lovely wife, Joy Philbin.
According to People, his family stated, "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."
They added, "His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss," according to People.
While his entire family is distraught by the event, his wife Joy is particularly devastated after losing the man whom she loved for more than 5 decades.
According to Nicki Swift, the couple tied the knot on 1st March, 1970. Joy was Philbin's second wife and the couple went on to create a beautiful life together. Throughout their marriage, the television host and actor was devoted to his wife
Sources close to the couple revealed their enviable dynamics. "Regis worships the ground Joy walks on. They truly are best friends. Everyone loves Regis and Joy, they're great company, have amazing stories, and they compliment each other perfectly. It's one of Hollywood's longest-lasting marriages and a true love story," said the source, according to Closer Weekly. In 2011, the couple talked about their long marriage and the secrets behind it.
Speaking to Parade, Philbin and Joy divulged they loved spending time with each other. Though their progressing age tired them at times, the couple consistently worked out and played tennis together.
"We play a lot of tennis and we work out at the gym three or four times a week. As you get older, you feel those aches and pains, so Advil’s become a friend in the house," said Philbin. His wife carried on saying, "If we win at tennis, then we’re totally in love for the rest of the day, but it can really trigger an ugly evening if one of us isn’t playing well."
"We’re not as bad as we used to be. It used to destroy an evening dinner if we played poorly—and one of us of course played poorly a lot of times," stated Philbin.
Joy responded saying, "One of us doesn’t like to warm up!," according to Parade. It was clear that the couple managed to keep the sparks alive in their marriage despite the long marriage. Joy even stated that she would not be with any other man than her husband.
"There’s just something about Regis. There’s always something new on the horizon and it keeps our lives active and fun. I’d rather be with Regis than any other person in the world," said the loving wife. Looking at him, Joy continued, "You keep it interesting and I think that’s one of the secrets. That’s why I don’t think you should ever retire!" according to Parade.
The happily married couple share two daughters, Joanna and Jennifer Joy. Though Philbin will not be around physically, he has left Joy with so much to remember.
Meanwhile, Philbin took to fame with the national talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, which he co-presented first with Kathie Lee Gifford and then Kelly Ripa, according to BBC News. He was also the host for the US version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The deceased host became the recipient of Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008. In 2011, the veteran broadcaster retired from his weekday show, according to People.