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Actor Adam West, famed for playing Batman on television during the late 60’s, has died. He was 88.

Reports the H0llywood Reporter:

West, who was at the pinnacle of pop culture after Batman debuted in January 1966, only to see his career fall victim to typecasting after the ABC show flamed out, died Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia, a family spokesperson said.

West died peacefully surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

“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.

For many, West’s campy portrayal of the Caped Crusader is what initially made fans familiar with the comic character.

The tributes have been flowing steadily since news of his passing, a testament to the actor’s lofty place in Pop culture.

Check out some of the Twitter reactions below and on the following pages. Rest in power, Gotham will miss you..

Photo: WENN.com

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