I might be a child of the 80's, but I grew up watching classic reruns on Nick-at-Nite. My evenings were filled with I Love Lucy, M.A.S.H., and of course Batman. Adam West was the first time the character was truly defined for me and I don't think I'm alone with that memory.
We've lost so many icons in the past couple of years and each of them deserve their own moments of mourning, but there's something strange about losing Adam West. When someone introduces you to a character or idea that sticks with you as much as Batman has stuck with me that person begins to feel immortal. And when immortality fades you see the ugly face of mortality through the haze.
Goodbye Adam West, you will forever be the caped crusader and you will forever be missed by friends, family, and fans alike.