Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Burt Ward is 'devastated' at the news of Adam West's death

West's publicist, Molly Schoneveld, said he died in Los Angeles surrounded by family, adding that his death came after a "short but brave" battle with leukemia.

ADAM West, star of the 1960s television series Batman, has died at the age of 88.

"You get awful typecast playing a character like that", West told The Associated Press in a 2014 interview.

Actors Julie Newmar and Adam West attend the "Batman: The Complete Series" DVD release presentation during Comic-Con International 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California.

"So I decided that since so many people love Batman, I might as well love it too".

The television series "Batman" debuted on USA television in 1966 and became a surprise hit, lasting three seasons.

Commonly known as Adam West, he had made a record 156 individual screen appearances as Batman, including 120 in the live-action television series, along with several animated series. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend.

"I will forever miss him", Ward said.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane shared an absolutely touching statement celebrating West's talent for comedy and his incredible impact as a person.

Director Edgar Wright paid tribute to West, calling him "super amusing, cool [and] charismatic".

Once again, our thoughts and well-wishes go out to West's friends and family through what has to be an incredibly taxing time for all of them.

He notched up a number of other TV roles while younger audiences will recognise him for voicing Mayor Adam West in Family Guy.

Adam West, whose real name was William West Anderson, was the actor who played the first #Batman. "Loved the show as a kid, still love the show now", he tweeted.

The actor is survived by his his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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.

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