Less than a week after his passing, legendary TV host Regis Philbin has been laid to rest in Indiana.
On Wednesday, Philbin was buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery at the University of Notre Dame after a private funeral service at the school’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
School spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email to Chicago Tribune, “The Philbin family wanted to bring Regis back to the place he loved so much for a private funeral and burial. That occurred on Wednesday, and he is now resting in peace at Notre Dame.”
"Extra's" Billy Bush recently spoke to Larry King, who discussed Regis' love for Notre Dame. He shared, "He took me to Notre Dame… One weekend, I went out as his guest. We walked the stadium… He loved Notre Dame so much. He said, ‘Notre Dame feels like heaven.’ He’s going to be buried there.”
The school holds a special place in Philbin’s heart since he was an alumnus.
Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins released a statement after Regis' death, saying, “Regis regaled millions on air through the years, oftentimes sharing a passionate love for his alma mater with viewers. He will be remembered at Notre Dame for his unfailing support for the University and its mission, including the Philbin Studio Theater in our performing arts center. He likewise was generous with his time and talent in support of South Bend’s Center for the Homeless and other worthy causes. Our prayers are with his wife, Joy, and their daughters and Notre Dame alumnae Joanna and J.J.”
Regis died from a myocardial infarction due to coronary artery disease, just a month before his 89th birthday.
Just days ago, Philbin’s wife Joy and their daughters Jennifer and Joan released a statement, telling People magazine, “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. It made his audience feel like they were right alongside him — because they were.”