Gerry Anderson dies - 'Thunderbirds' creator was 83

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Gerry Anderson, the man behind television series like "Thunderbirds" and "Stingray," has passed away. The British creator and puppeteer was 83.

The death was announced by Anderson's son Jamie on his blog. Anderson had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for over two years, and his condition became more serious six months ago. He moved into an assisted living home in October. Anderson died in his sleep on Dec. 26.

"I just wanted to thank everyone for their incredibly kind messages of support, and for sharing their happy childhood memories -- inspired by Dad's work," Jamie writes on his blog. "I know Dad would have been blown away by the support, positivity, and kind words. I think the saddest thing would have been if he had passed without being noticed, but the response has been the total opposite. Thank you."

Nick Williams, chairman of Fanderson, adds, "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'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."

Jamie asked that donations in his father's memory be made to the Alzheimer's Society.

Photo/Video credit: Jamie Anderson
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