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The hearts of nerds around the world were struck a devastating blow this month when Adam West, the original Batman, died after a short struggle with leukemia earlier this month. Friends, family and fans have been laying out tribute and paying their respects in the days since, with people from all over the world noting the impact he has had on the character of Batman, the franchise and the world in general. It was announced yesterday that the iconic Bat Signal, traditionally used to summon the caped crusader to action when a crime had been reported, would be lit above Los Angeles tonight in West’s honour.

It was formally announced on the DC Comics blog and is due to be lit at 9pm local time by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck.

The official announcement encourages fans to pay their own personal tribues by donning their own capes and cowls to come and see the signal:

“The legendary star of the classic Batman TV series, which aired from 1966-68, passed away on Friday, June 9 at the age of 88. In rememberance of West’s unforgettable portrayal of the celebrated “Bright Knight,” Mayor Garcetti and Chief Beck will light the iconic Bat-signal, which will be projected onto the tower of Los Angeles City Hall at Spring Street. Attending Bat-fans are invited to don their Bat-suits and trusty utility belts in honor of West’s signature role as the true crimefighter. “

Of course, there are fans around the world that won’t be able to see the LA-based tribute in person, but DC continues to encourage people to place their tributes to West where they will do the most good, through donations to a memorial fund set up in his honour:

“If fans are not able to join in the tribute Thursday night, the West family encourages Adam’s “old chums” to make a donation to the Adam West Memorial Fund for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Idaho-based charity for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, Camp Rainbow Gold.”

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