Adam West, best known for playing the Caped Crusader in the iconic 1960s Batman TV series, has died aged 88.

The actor passed away after a short battle with leukemia on Friday in Los Angeles.

"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, while tweeting that they will "miss him like crazy".

West's career spanned seven decades, beginning in the late 1950s. He starred in a number of feature films including Geronimo (1962) and The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming (1965) before landing his career-defining role as Batman in the popular ABC series in 1966.

He starred alongside Burt Ward as Robin in the popular show, which became known for it's humorous, tongue-in-cheek depiction of the crime-fighting heroes.

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Batman ran for three seasons until 1968 before it was cancelled. West also played the character in a feature-length film directed by Leslie H. Martinson which was released in 1966.

He battled to break away from his association with Batman after the TV show ended and struggled to land serious film roles, although he remained in demand for voice work.

Batman star Adam West has died aged 88

The American star made guest appearances on series such as MaverickDiagnosis: MurderEmergency!, and Bewitched.

The actor became known among a whole new generation of TV fans when he landed the recurring voice role as Mayor Adam West on Family Guy. He was a regular on the show from 2000 until its most recent season.

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Tributes to the late actor have been pouring in on Twitter.

West is survived by his wife Marcelle and six children.