American actor Adam West, who is best known as the star of the 1960s hit TV series Batman, has died aged 88 on Friday. According to a family spokesperson, West died peacefully in Los Angeles after a “short but brave battle” with leukaemia.
In a signature role, West played Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, the crime-fighting, costumed Batman, a popular character who came to life on the ABC-TV series. His tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Batman, and the superhero’s alter ego Bruce Wayne won a cult following.
West’s family said in a statement, “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.”
Although, West found it hard to find big acting roles afterwards, he won the hearts of millions, recently, after joining the cast of Family Guy, where he supplied the voice of Mayor Adam West, the oddball leader of Quahog, Rhode Island, in the animated series.
Seth MacFarlane, creator of the celebrated series, tagged West as irreplaceable. In a twitter post, Seth wrote, “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 humour were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity... Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr Mayor. You’re irreplaceable.”
“Rest In Peace to the legend, to the original hero, Adam West. Thank you. We love you Batman,” wrote actor Jaden Smith on Twitter, accompanied by a photo of himself as a child wearing a Batman T-shirt.
Famous American actress and author, Jamie Lee Curtis wrote, “Holy heartbreak Batman. Adam West was a big part of my childhood. We were acquaintances in my adulthood. A wonderful man who will be missed.”
“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 savour him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people – a friend said, he was the father that we wanted. That is a great gift, no matter how you live it,” said actress Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman to West’s Batman.