Celebrities are expressing their grief over the loss of Adam West, star of the '60s series "Batman," who died of leukemia at age 88 Friday.
"Family Guy" creator and co-star Seth MacFarlane called West "a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around."
Seth Green, another "Family Guy" co-star, said, "He was a true hero of mine — grew up watching him as Batman, and got the privilege of both working with and directing him. He's generous and always classy. Very sad to think of the world without our beloved Mayor. How lucky we are he left so much behind."
Burt Ward as Robin during the show's '60s run
Burt Ward, West's Robin, told Variety in a statement, "I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends. Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Night."
West with Newmar in 2002
Julie Newmar, the show's slinky Catwoman, said, “Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end. He 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. He meant so much to people. A friend said: 'The father that we wanted.' That is a great gift, no matter how you live it."