Gerry Anderson dies
'Thunderbirds' creator Gerry Anderson died yesterday (26.12.12) at the age of 83
'Thunderbirds' creator Gerry Anderson has died.
The acclaimed producer - who was also behind popular puppeteering adventure series 'Captain Scarlet' and 'Stingray' - passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday (26.12.12) at the age of 83, his son Jamie Anderson has announced.
Jamie wrote on his blog: "I'm very sad to announce the death of my father, 'Thunderbirds' creator, Gerry Anderson.
"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."
Gerry was diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago and in October was moved to a care home after his condition deteriorated.
He is survived by widow Mary and son Jamie, as well as three children from previous marriages, Joy, Linda, and Gerry Jr..
A number of stars paid tribute to Gerry for his work and influence.
Brian Blessed, who collaborated with him on shows including 'Space 1999' and 'The Day After Tomorrow', said: "I think a light has gone out in the universe.
"He had a great sense of humour. He wasn't childish but child-like and he had a tremendous love of the universe and astronomy and scientists.
"He got their latest theories, which he would expand on. He was always galvanised and full of energy."
Comedian Eddie Izzard tweeted: "What great creation 'Thunderbirds' was, as it fuelled the imagination of a generation."
TV presenter Jonathan Ross wrote: "For men of my age, his work made childhood an incredible place to be."