(INDIANA) – Regis Philbin will reportedly be buried in his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, an institution he was passionate about throughout his life.
University spokesman Dennis Brown told the Indiana South Bend Tribune that Philbin, who died Friday at 89 of natural causes, will have a funeral service at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and will be buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery in the campus.
A date for the event has not yet been given.
Philbin was an enthusiastic supporter of Notre Dame in the years since he graduated in 1953, returning to soccer games and presiding over fundraising and other events.
In 2001, the newspaper reports on the old Live! With Regis and Kathy Lee, the host donated $ 2.75 million to the university to create the Philbin Studio Theater, which is used by performing arts students.
Hearing the news of Philbin's death, the president of the University, the Rev. John I Jenkins, said in part: "Regis recovered millions in the air over the years, often sharing a passionate love for his alma mater with viewers. He will be remembered at Notre Dame for his unwavering support for the University and its mission, including the Philbin Studio Theater… He was also generous with his time and talent in supporting the South Bend Homeless Center and other worthy causes. "
By Stephen Iervolino
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