Adam West, star of TV’s “Batman,” dead at 88

LOS ANGELES, C.A. (CBS News) – Adam West, the actor best known for his role in the 1960s “Batman” series, has died, CBS News has learned. He was 88.

West’s representative, Mark Measures, said he died in Los Angeles surrounded by family.

“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,” his family said in a statement to Variety, adding that he died after a short battle with leukemia.

West’s campy version of Batman became a hit for ABC in 1966, but his success in the series made it difficult for him to find other starring roles during his six-decade career.

He eventually played Mayor Adam West of Quahog in Seth MacFarlane’s Fox show “Family Guy.”

West is survived by his wife, Marcelle, six children and five grandchildren.

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