Gerry Anderson, (14 April 1929 – 26 December 2012) the creator of Thunderbirds, has died aged 83.
His son, Jamie Anderson announced on his website that his father had suffered with mixed dementia "for the past few years" and died in his sleep at mid-day on Boxing Day.
"Having already decided with his family on a care home for himself earlier this year, he moved in there in October," he said.
Nick Williams, the chair of his fan club Fanderson has paid tribute to the film and television producer saying: "To those who met him Gerry was a quiet, unassuming but determined man. His desire to make the best films he could drove him and his talented teams to innovate, take risks, and do everything necessary to produce quite inspirational works.
Gerry Anderson's legacy is that he inspired so many people and continues to bring so much joy to so many millions of people around the world.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society said: "Gerry Anderson has been an outstanding supporter of Alzheimer’s Society and campaigner on behalf of people with dementia.
"He was determined, despite his own recent diagnosis, to spend the last year of his life speaking out for others living with dementia to ensure their voices were heard and their lives improved.
"With the support of his family, Gerry tirelessly attended events around the country to raise awareness of the condition and to raise funds for a cure.
Gerry Anderson will be missed by all worldwide fans of his TV shows.
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I grew up watching and being mesmerised by Anderson's creations and I am a huge fan of Captian Scarlet and UFO. I remember cringing as a child at the hideous Zelda in Terrahawks and gasped everytime I saw the Moon blasted out of Earths orbit in Space 1999. I really hope that in rememberance of Gerry that these series can be repeated on TV, to give a new generation the fantasy and wonder that I had.