Adam West, best known for having starred in the 1960s Batman TV show as Bruce Wayne/Batman, has died at the age of 88. His family confirms that the actor was suffering from leukemia and that’s what he died. West was in Los Angeles at the time of his death and leaves behind his wife Marcelle, their six children and a plethora of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Adam West had a long career, which included appearances on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy. The actor also appeared on NBC’s Powerless, Robot Chicken, and The Fairly OddParents. West continued being a part of the DC universe that allowed him his rise to fame, which included him being the voice of Batman in the animated movie Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
A spokesperson for Adam West had this to say after his passing:
“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.”
West’s family also released 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.”
This is sad news, but Adam West will always be remembered at his best and as one of the first to don the caped crusader’s suit in live-action.