Such a sad week this week with the loss of Adam. Fan Film Factor interviewed me for our new Trek show, and he asked me to comment on Adam's passing.
Christopher and I completed this interview late last week, just before ADAM “Batman” WEST passed away on Saturday. Noting the coincidental and somewhat awkward timing of interviewing the creator of the Star Trek vs. Batman fan film so close to Adam West’s passing, I went back to Chris and asked him if he wanted to say a few additional words about the sad event. Here was his response…
CHRIS – In the blizzard of sympathies and condolences for Adam West, I’d like to shine a light on something that is too often overlooked and/or not discussed in the aftermath of the loss of a loved one. Grief.
The loved ones in Adam West’s immediate circle are now going through an insurmountable amount of overwhelming grief. A child has lost his/her parent. A wife has lost her husband. A lifelong friend has lost his/her dearest chum. Beyond the glitz and fun of Batman was a father. A family has lost their wise and seasoned man who bettered not only his family, but legions of people around the world.
Do not be afraid of grief. Be courageous and go to the dark places. Ask your loved one what they are thinking. And don’t say “let me know if you need anything” because that puts pressure on them. Show up. Bring them a nice warm dinner. Cut their grass. Just do it and don’t tell them. Trust me, that goes a long way when a person is lost in trenches of day-to-day sorrow.
For me personally, I wept for a brief moment yesterday as another chapter of my childhood passed on. I had never met Adam West, but have heard many wonderful stories from my friends who have met him. My immediate thoughts go to his family, who I’m sure are in a very dark place at this moment. All of us as fans will go on tomorrow to our jobs and routines, but a year or even ten years from now, Adam’s children will still have that hole in their hearts from losing their parent. It’s a universal concept all human beings will relate to at one time or another, no matter if they just happen to be Batman or not.
But damn, I will miss him.