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Adam West, star of 1960s 'Batman' series, dead at 88

Family says actor died 'after short but brave battle with leukemia'

"Batman" actor Adam West on Oct. 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
"Batman" actor Adam West on Oct. 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – Adam West, who starred as Batman in the 1960s television series, has died. He was 88.

West died Friday night "after a short but brave battle with leukemia," his family said on West's Facebook page.

The "Batman" actor died peacefully, surrounded by his family, and is survived by his wife, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

"There are no words to describe how much we'll miss him," the family said. "We know you'll miss him, too, and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years."

West starred in three seasons of the campy ABC TV show opposite Burt Ward as Robin from 1966 until its cancelation in 1968. He also starred in the 1966 "Batman" film and returned to the role in an episode of "The Simpsons."

More recently, West provided the voice of Quahog, Rhode Island, Mayor Adam West in the animated television series "Family Guy."

West initially chaffed at being typecast after "Batman" went off the air, but in later years he admitted that he was pleased to have had a role in kicking off a big-budget film franchise by showing the character's wide appeal.

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

West received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.