Adam West, star of iconic 1960’s TV show Batman has sadly died, his family have announced. The Caped Crusader was 88.
West passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday after a short battle with leukemia. He is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
After Batman, West struggled to find steady work, but more recently found his career rejuvinated, as he joined the cast of animated hit Family Guy – to play a comic take on himself, as the city’s Mayor.
Tributes to West have been made by notable celebrities including Mark Hamill who described him as a “wonderful actor” and Edgar Wright, who tweeted the following:
“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!”
Burt Ward – who played sidekick Robin in the TV show – has also released an emotional statement today, in which he described “a special friendship” between the two actors.
“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 that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Night.”
Thoughts and prayers with Adam’s friends, family and loved ones at this time.