Thunderbirds creator dies

Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Space 1999, has died today at the age of 83, his son has confirmed.

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Anderson 'fundamentally changed loads of people's lives'

"People can always sing the (Thunderbirds) theme tune or start walking around like puppets," the chairman of the Gerry Anderson appreciation society Fanderson has said, discussing the impact of his idol's most celebrated work.

Nick Williams told ITV News that Anderson's celebrated shows had a huge influence on both the TV industry and his widespread audience, even inspiring several generations of aerospace engineers.

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Alzheimer's Society hails 'outstanding supporter' Gerry Anderson

The chief executive of Alzheimer's Society has said that Gerry Anderson was an "outstanding supporter" of the charity.

Jeremy Hughes 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.

– Jeremy Hughes, chief executive, Alzheimer's Society
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