Writers, artists, co-stars and fans react to the death of Adam West

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Jun 13, 2017, 2:12 PM EDT (Updated)

Adam West, star of TV's Batman and hero to many, passed away last night at the age of 88. Now fans, friends and former co-stars have reached out to express their sadness and remember the man who was a childhood hero for so many.

“I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends,” said Burt Ward, the Robin to West's Batman, in a statement. “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 Knight.”

Julie Newmar, who co-starred alongside West as 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."

Many have taken to social media to express their feelings, including Mark Hamill and Paul Dini, who worked with West in the DC Animated Universe.

Comic book writers and artist have also taken to social media to share their love for the first live action Caped Crusader.

Several members of the current DC television universe have also reached out to share their experiences and love for the man who helped start it all. 

And, of course, West's many famous fans and former co-workers have also taken to social media to share their love and respect for his legacy.

One thing is certain. West will be sorely missed by friends, fans, and family alike.