REGIS PHILBIN’S DY­ING RE­GRETS

TV le­gend fight­ing heart dis­ease and fac­ing the end

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RAT­TLED Regis Philbin is los­ing his bat­tle with killer heart dis­ease, leav­ing the TV icon des­per­ate to mend fences with his for­mer Live! co-star Kelly Ripa and the ex-wife of his crip­pled son, Danny, as he faces his fi­nal days, sources say.

The 87-yearold talk show le­gend ad­mits he hasn’t seen Kelly since 2011 and is shat­tered by his daugh­ter-in-law’s ac­cu­sa­tions he aban­doned leg­less son Danny be­fore he died.

“Regis des­per­ately wants to make amends and heal all the wounds be­fore he goes,” says a source close to the re­tired host.

“He es­pe­cially wants to clear the air with Kelly and ex­tend an olive branch to his daugh­ter-in-law!”

As GLOBE has re­ported, the five-foot-seven star has shrunk health is­sues.

He’s had a hip re­placed and a deadly blood clot cut from his calf. He also is fight­ing high choles­terol, high blood pres­sure and se­vere acid re­flux.

But his heart is a ma­jor prob­lem. Regis had an emer­gency an­gio­plasty to un­block a blood ves­sel in his heart in 1993 and triple by­pass surgery in 2007.

Now, a source says “he doesn’t have much longer. He’s very thin and pale. He puts on a brave front, but he knows his time is lim­ited.

“He wants to face the end with a clear con­science!”

He claims Kelly was “very of­fended when I left” af­ter 24 sea­sons of Live! due to his ad­vanc­ing age.

Reege also wants to make peace with for­mer daugh­terin-law Judy Philbin, who claims he turned his back on his kids Danny and Amy from his first mar­riage to Cather­ine Faylen. Judy says his cur­rent wife, Joy, mom of his daugh­ters Joanna, 45, and J.J., 44, wants noth­ing to do with them — which Regis has de­nied.

In 2009, Judy claimed she and Danny, whose legs were am­pu­tated due to a spinal birth de­fect, were broke and had to bor­row money to eat.

Regis then reached out to them, but Judy, who di­vorced Danny four years be­fore his 2014 death, says, “He never came to visit us.” But the source in­sists Regis wants to bury the past — be­fore he goes into the ground.

He also seeks to make amends with for­mer daugh­ter-in-law Judy, exwife of his late son, Danny

Reege, 87, wants to go to the grave with a clear con­science

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