Gerry Anderson, creator of the cult classic TV show Thunderbirds, has passed away aged 83.
His son Jamie wrote a blog-post in tribute to his father, in which he said: “He died peacefully in his sleep at midday today (26th December 2012), having suffered with mixed dementia for the past few years. He was 83.”
The well-loved master of “supermarionation” (a form of puppetry involving modified marionettes) was diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago and following the worsening of his condition moved into a care home in October.
Anderson, who also created Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, was involved with the film and TV industry right up until his later years, with his last producer credit dating from the 2005 CGI reboot of Captain Scarlet.
He leaves behind three children from previous marriages, Joy, Linda and Gerry Junior in addition to his son Jamie and widow Mary.
R.I.P. Gerry Anderson, MBE (14 April 1929 – 26 December 2012)