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LA's glowing tribute to Batman star Adam West

By AP Reporters

The Bat-Signal has shone over Los Angeles in tribute to the late Adam West, the actor best known for playing Batman in the 1960s television series.

City mayor Eric Garcetti said the signal was lit at LA's City Hall at 9pm yesterday.

In Batman comics, movies and TV shows, the Bat-Signal is a spotlight with the shadow of Batman's winged emblem that is shone in the night sky to call for the Caped Crusader's help.

West died on Friday at the age of 88.

Mr Garcetti announced the event on Twitter and added the hashtag, #BrightKnight.

Batman is often referred to as the Dark Knight, but West's children said in a statement that he aspired to positivity and always saw himself as "The Bright Knight".

Born in Washington state, West got his TV debut in Hawaii in the 1950s as the sidekick on a children's show called El Kini Popo Show, which featured a chimp. He went on to appear in The Young Philadelphians which starred Paul Newman and a number of other productions, before getting his Batman break with the initial TV show on ABC which ran from 1966 to 1968 and a feature-length film version released in 1966.

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