Adam West, an American actor known best for his portrayal of Batman in the hit television series from the 1960s, passed away at age 88.

West died in his Los Angeles home peacefully after battling leukaemia, reported a spokesperson from the family.

His portrayal of action hero Batman as well as Bruce Wayne, the character’s alter ego, gathered him a loyal cult following.

West’s most recent work includes his portrayal of a character named after himself, Adam West, in the comedy hit Family guy.

Response

“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.” said the family of the actor in a recent statement, Variety reported.

His Batman series was an unprecedented hit. West along with co-star Burt Ward, the actor who played Robin, Batman’s loyal sidekick, garnered widespread critical acclaim for their performance.

Julie Newmar, the actress who played Catwoman throughout the series, also paid her own tribute to West Saturday, saying the actor was “bright, witty and fun to work with”.

“I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity.” she stated.

In an interview form 2010 with news outlet Slice of SciFi, the actor stated that the series had amazing writers.

“They saw the craziness, the comedy. You know, just as he’s about to put her in (jail), Batman says to Catwoman, ‘You give me curious stirrings in my utility belt.’ That’s funny stuff.”

Legacy

After the series concluded, West appeared in almost 50 films throughout a long career, such Drop Dead Gorgeous, Nevada Smith, and An American Vampire Story.

West had been born in Walla Walla, Washington in 1928, and started acting in the 1950s in Hawaii.

He leaves his wife, six kids, and five grandkids behind.