Adam West, the US actor best known as the star of the 1960s hit TV series Batman, has passed away aged 88.

West died peacefully in Los Angeles after a brief battle with leukaemia, a family spokesperson said.

In a statement, his family said: “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.”

The actor Matthew Modine tweeted:

West once said that he played Batman “for laughs, but in order to do [that], one had to never think it was funny. You just had to pull on that cowl and believe that no one would recognise you.”

However, West later struggled to find acting work. He most recently played a character in the animated comedy Family Guy.