Gerry Anderson, creator of the Thunderbirds and Joe 90 puppet superhero TV shows, has died, his son announced today.

Mr Anderson, 83, had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since early 2010.

His condition had deteriorated in the past six months and he died peacefully in his sleep today, Jamie Anderson said.

"I'm very sad to announce the death of my father, Thunderbirds creator, Gerry Anderson," Mr Anderson wrote on his website.

"He died peacefully in his sleep at midday today having suffered with mixed dementia for the past few years."