Television Batman star Adam West dies at 88

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Adam West, the actor who found fame playing the role of Batman in the campy 1960s television series, has died.

The West family released the following statement Saturday on Facebook: "It's with great sadness that we are sharing this news ..." "He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather". Given that you can not have Adam West the Mayor without Adam West the person, the character should be retired.

Adam West, a comedy and superhero legend who spent over half a century appearing as either at 88, following a struggle with leukemia. I'm standing on my chair to honor #adamwest - the man whose portrayal of costumed justice made me wanna be a good person when I was a boy.

While Batman remained his signature role, West also collected almost 50 movie credits including roles in Drop Dead Gorgeous, The New Age, An American Vampire Story and Robinson Crusoe On Mars.

"I will miss him in the physical world and savour him always in the world of imagination and creativity", she said.

"I will forever miss him", Ward said. Green said: "He was a true hero of mine - grew up watching him as Batman, and got the privilege of both working with and directing him".

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The actor was surrounded by his family and is said to have died peacefully.

Adam West's passing has been heartbreaking news for fans of all generations.

West also revisited the role of Batman in the animated movie Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, which reunited him with his former co-stars Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). "But I am able to continue my work because of the enormous and positive reaction you've given to Batman and Family Guy".

Actor Val Kilmer, who played Batman in a later movie, tweeted: "Ah dear Adam West". Loved the show as a kid, still love the show now. POW!

For now, though, let's give one more thanks to West for the laughs, and his willingness on this show to make fun of himself. "However, Batman was there, and very few people would take a chance on me walking on to the screen", West once told Variety.

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