"Batman" Star Adam West Dead At 88

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"He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather". Off to superhero heaven you go'. West was 88 years old and died after a brief battle with leukaemia, a family spokesperson confirmed. We met once in 1987 and I was too embarrassed and too foolishly "cool" to tell you what you meant to my childhood.

Celebrities, including West's costars and other members of Batman franchises over the years, are already sharing their fond memories of him.

With a career that spanned seven decades, West is best known for his portrayal of Batman in a 1966 feature film and an ABC-TV series. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. "I will forever miss him". "He was and always will be our hero", said a statement released by his family.

"Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years", Ward, 71, said. He also played the deranged mayor of Quahog, Adam West.

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After the series concluded, West appeared in nearly 50 films throughout a long career, such Drop Dead Gorgeous, Nevada Smith, and An American Vampire Story.

He died peacefully surrounded by his family, which include his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In the years after the show ended, though, West found it hard to find work that didn't reflect his most famous role, spending much of the 1970s and 1980s working in voiceover or doing in-person appearances as the character.

Actor Val Kilmer, who played Batman in a later movie, tweeted: "Ah dear Adam West". The actor said that while there have been, "several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films", in his eyes the only real Batman is now and forever Adam West. West's Batman wasn't the Dark Knight of the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale era: he was archer and funnier, a Batman who took himself completely seriously in a world that was utterly ridiculous.

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