Adam West, Star of TV's 'Batman,' Dies at 88: 'He Was and Always Will Be Our Hero'
He passed away after short battle with leukemia.
Adam West, the star of the 1960s ‘Batman’ television show, has died at the age of 88.
The actor died on Friday night after a short battle with leukemia and was surrounded by his wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, according to his representative.
“There are no words to describe how much we'll miss him. We know you'll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years. Hug your loved ones today," the West family said in a statement posted to Facebook.
West’s tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Batman and the superhero's alter ego Bruce Wayne shot him to international fame.
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The half-hour action comedy was such a hit that it aired twice a week on ABC at its peak, according to Variety. The show lasted three seasons.
Later in life, West struggled to find work but eventually played the mayor, who was named Adam West, on the popular TV series "Family Guy.”
He also starred in other films such as Drop Dead Gorgeous, An American Vampire Story and Nevada Smith.
Burt Ward, who played Robin in the series, released a statement to Variety remembering West.
"Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend," Ward said. "In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Night."
Other celebrites also took to Twitter to share their sadness at the loss.
Farewell Adam West. You were MY Batman. Such a super funny, cool, charismatic actor. Loved the show as a kid, still love the show now. POW! pic.twitter.com/6QAZnOhtMsJune 10, 2017
RIP Adam West. First person I saw who was funny, badass & cool all at once.June 10, 2017
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