Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies

THUNDERBIRDS fan sites have been flooded with tributes following the death of the cult animated series' creator Gerry Anderson.

The British director was among the first to bring sci-fi animation to the silver screen in the early 60s.

His most-loved series followed the adventures of a Pacific Island-based secret organisation which used spaceships to save those in trouble.

In 2010 the mind behind the famous catchphrase "Thunderbirds are go", was taken over by Alzheimer's disease.

He was placed in a care home where he died on Boxing Day, aged 83.

Writing to fans on Mr Anderson's website, son Jamie said he was "very sorry" to announce the passing of his father who "died peacefully in his sleep".