Adam West, best known for playing the Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series Batman, has died. He was 88.
West passed away Friday night after a short battle with leukemia, a family representative told The Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” West's family said in a statement. They also shared through West's official Twitter account: "He was the greatest. We'll miss him like crazy. We know you'll miss him too."
After his run as Batman, the actor landed a voice role as the mayor of Quahog on Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy and returned to voice his superhero character on series such as The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes and The Simpsons. West is also known for starring in the films The Young Philadelphians (1959) and Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964).
West's Batman co-star Julie Newmar, Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Conan O'Brien, James Gunn, Family Guy creator MacFarlane and writer David Goodman were among those who paid tribute to West on Saturday after the news broke.
Newmar said in a statement: "Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end. He was bright, witty and fun to work with. I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people - A friend said: 'The father that we wanted.' That is a great gift, no matter how you live it."
Burt Ward, who played Robin to West's Batman, remembered his co-star in a statement to THR: "I am devastated at the loss of one of my very dearest friends. 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, I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films, in my eyes there was only one real Batman and that is and always will be Adam West; He was truly the Bright Knight."
MacFarlane also tweeted a lengthy statement, writing, "Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend. Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity."
Affleck shared, "Adam West exemplified heroism. Kind, funny and an all around great guy. Thank you for showing us all how it's done."
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