Adam West, the original TV Batman, died over the weekend after battling with leukemia.
His family said in a statement: “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.”
To a certain generation, he will be memorized as the Caped Crusader, but younger audiences are also familiar with his voice. West also played a role in Family Guy with a voice over of mayor of Quahog, also named Adam West.
The show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, was emotionally affected by the heartbreaking news.
Macfarlane took to Twitter to announce that “Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend. Adam West was a joy to work with and the kind of guy you could always be around.”
“His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity.”
“I am beyond fortunate to have had the privilege of working with him, and he will be profoundly missed by all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr Mayor. You’re irreplaceable.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, MacFarlane was planning to show the show’s appreciation and respect for West by re-airing the episode The Dating Game, which will pay tribute at the beginning.
The episode features West’s character getting a medieval castle in an auction.
The city of Los Angeles is also paying tribute- the Bat-Signal will be flashed over the city for a proper farewell to 1960s Batman series.
DC Comics opened about his intentions for a special way to honour him.
Los Angeles City Hall will pay a proper tribute, flashing the Bat-Signal at 9 pm (PST). Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck will light up the signal.