Regis Philbin Laid to Rest at His 'Beloved' Alma Mater, Notre Dame

Regis Philbin has been laid to rest.

The legendary television host, who died July 24 at the age of 88, was buried Wednesday at Cedar Grove Cemetery on the campus of Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.

"Regis was laid to rest at his beloved Notre Dame, following a private ceremony on Wednesday. Again, our family would like to thank everyone for the incredible love and support you've given us and for the hilarious tributes and touching memories you've shared," the Philbin family said in a statement to PEOPLE on Friday.

"If you'd like to honor Regis, we again kindly ask that you make a donation either to www.FoodBankNYC.org or to the Center for the Homeless in South Bend (www.cfh.net)," they continued.



Philbin's incredible career spanned more than five decades, and he holds the Guinness World Record for most hours on U.S. television.

In 1988, Philbin began his run as host of Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. After 15 years, Gifford left the ABC show, but the pair remained close after her departure.

Philbin also served as the original host of the widely popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1999 to 2002. In addition, the New York City native's hosting credits include Million Dollar Password, the first season of America's Got Talent, as well as a reoccurring co-host seat on Rachael Ray.

His death came just one month before his 89th birthday.

Reflecting on the beloved TV icon's incredible life and career, his wife, Joy Philbin, and their daughters, Jennifer and Joanna, told PEOPLE that he "let everyone into his life."

"He turned every little daily annoyance and happiness into a story, and he shared all those little stories with people in a joyful and conversational way," he said. "It made his audience feel like they were right alongside him — because they were."

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