Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies aged 83

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 05:00 hrs

British creator of the sci-fi hit "Thunderbirds" TV show Gerry Anderson has died at the age of 83.

The news was announced on his son Jamie Anderson's website.

According to his son, Anderson, the film and television producer, whose credits also included the puppet shows Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 had suffered for several years with mixed dementia and died in his sleep.

He requested that any fans wishing to make donations in honour of his father should contribute to the Alzheimer's Society, the Guardian reports.

Gerald Alexander Anderson, famous for the use of 'Supermarionation', or the use of modified puppets, was born in 1929 in Hampstead, north London.

According to the paper, the producer was diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago and his condition had deteriorated over the past six months and he had moved into a care home in October.

He also worked as an ambassador for The Alzheimer's Society, to raise awareness and money for the treatment of the disease, the paper said. (ANI)

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