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Burt Ward, Robin on ’60s ‘Batman,’ Mourns Loss of Adam West: ‘I Will Forever Miss Him’

”He was truly the Bright Knight,“ lifelong friend says

The Robin to Adam West’s Batman has addressed the original TV Caped Crusader’s passing.

Here is Burt Ward’s full statement on the death of his co-star and friend:

I am devastated at the loss of one of 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 and that is and always will be Adam West; He was truly the Bright Knight.

West and Ward co-starred on television’s “Batman” from 1966-1968. Click here for more reactions to Saturday’s somber news from Hollywood friends and fans.

In addition to donning the DC Comics character’s tights all those years ago, West recently provided the voice to Quahog’s mayor on 111 episodes of Seth MacFarlane’s animated Fox series “Family Guy.” Last year, West appeared as himself on broadcast television’s No. 1 show, “The Big Bang Theory.”

West died following a brief battle with leukemia.