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Adam West at San Diego Comic Con International 2014
Adam West at San Diego Comic Con International 2014 (Photo by Bob Leeper for Nerdvana)

Adam West, who found massive fame as TV’s Caped Crusader in the campy 1960s Batman series — and found it again years later in ironic animation voice-over roles — has died. He was 88.

The actor succumbed Friday night to leukemia.

In addition to Batman, West recently found a home in Quahog as the nutty town mayor on Family Guy. He also recently returned to his iconic hero role in the animated Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders alongside original co-stars Burt Ward as Robin and Julie Newmar as Catwoman.

Adam West’s family issues 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.”

Farewell, old chum!

Adam West as Batman in a publicity photo
Adam West as Batman in a publicity photo

More media coverage of Adam West’s death:

Adam West, star of TV's "Batman" in the mid-late 1960s, has passed away. He was 88. West died after a battle with leukemia. His 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." A family spokesperson told Deadline, "A true American icon and beloved father and husband, he will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and millions of fans around the world."

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