Adam West, the man best known for his role as the fun 1960s television version of Batman, died Friday night after a battle with leukemia, family reps told various outlets. He was 88.

“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,” West's family said in a statement to Variety.

West became a pop culture icon after he played the Dark Knight in the television version of Batman from 1966-1968. His roles in entertainment diminished after the show was canceled, but he later became a series regular in the animated series "Family Guy," in which he voiced the Mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island.