Actor Adam West, the star on the classic 1960s Batman TV series, died Friday at the age of 88 after a brief battle with leukemia.

“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.

The kitschy, lighthearted 1966-68 Batman television series became a pop culture phenomenon and cemented the Caped Crusader’s campy image for a generation until darker comic book and movie interpretations came along.

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