Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies aged 83
LONDON (AFP) - Gerry Anderson, the British director and creator of the cult sci-fi animation series Thunderbirds, died on Wednesday aged 83, his son said on Wednesday.
Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since 2010 and his health had deteriorated in the past six months, Jamie Anderson said on his personal website.
The animator also created Joe 90 and Stingray but he was best known for Thunderbirds, which used a form of marionette puppetry dubbed Supermarionation. The series, first shown in 1965, followed the adventures of International Rescue, a secretive organisation whose mission was to help those in peril using spacecraft and a range of high-tech vehicles operating from a Pacific Island.
"I'm very sad to announce the death of my father, Thunderbirds creator, Gerry Anderson," his son said.