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Kevin Conroy – the man who, for a generation of fans, is the undisputed voice of Batman – has passed away. He was 66.

The news was broken by Diane Pershing, who voices the DC character Poison Ivy, via her Facebook account:

Very sad news: our beloved voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, died yesterday. He’s been ill for a while but he really put in a lot of time at the cons, to the joy of all of his fans. He will be sorely missed not just by the cast of the series but by his legion of fans all over the world.

Conroy began voicing the character in 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series, which lasted for three years. His other Batman-related credits include The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Tales of Metropolis, Batman and Harley Quinn, Justice League Action Shorts, Justice League Action, Justice League vs the Fatal Five and Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?. When taking into account performances in TV shows and animated movies, Conroy portrayed the iconic character longer than any other actor.

He also voiced the Dark Knight in several video games, including the highly-rated Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham Knight and Arkham City. He also voiced the character in 1994's The Adventures of Batman & Robin (Mega CD), 2001's Batman: Vengeance and – most recently, MultiVersus.

He also lent his vocal talents to non-Batman titles, including Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne and Lords of EverQuest.

Tributes to Conroy have been appearing across social media since the news was made public.