Today news broke that Batgirl actress Yvonne Craig was found dead at her home due to complications from a breast cancer that had spread to her liver.
In a statement from her website, family members had this to say:
She had been in chemo almost continuously for the past two plus years since being diagnosed and that had weakened her immune system as well as her body. This didn't dampen her sense of humor or her spirit, she intended to fight and win this battle. In the end, her mind still wanted to fight but her body had given up.
Batman fans also have her to thank for the introduction of the character as a whole because, up until that point, Barbara Gordon did not exist in the comics.
Farewell, Yvonne, and thank you for introducing us all to Batgirl.