"I am devastated at the loss of one of my very dearest friends," said Ward, who played Robin to West's Batman in the 1960's TV series. "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," the statement continued. "There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films, in my eyes there was only one real Batman and that is and always will be Adam West; He was truly the Bright Knight."
Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman on Batman, also paid tribute to West on Saturday, telling ET that "He was wonderful, spot on, with a twinkle in his eye. He had it all -- looks, charm, intelligence, I could go on and on."