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Adam West dies from cancer at age 88

Adam West, the US actor whose career was defined by his superhero role in the campy 1960s television series Batman, died at the age of 88 last Friday night after a "short but brave battle with leukemia," his family said in a statement posted on West's Facebook page on Saturday.

The show premiered in 1966 and ran three seasons until its 1968 cancellation.

West worked as a voice actor and made cameo appearances on television shows for the half-century that followed his signature role.

In recent years, he voiced a cartoon version of himself as Mayor West in the long-running animated series Family Guy.

"He was a true hero of mine - grew up watching him as Batman, and got the privilege of both working with and directing him," Seth Green, who worked with West on Family Guy, said in a statement published by the trade magazine Variety, describing him as "generous and always classy".

"Very sad to think of the world without our beloved Mayor. How lucky we are he left so much behind."

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

Burt Ward, who acted alongside West as Batman's sidekick Robin, said in a statement to Variety that he was "devastated" by the loss. - AFP

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