Bestselling author Tom Clancy, who is known for his military thrillers and to the younger generation for his video games, passed away at the age of 66 in a Baltimore hospital.
Clancy’s exact cause of death has not been released, but the author reportedly died after a brief illness.
Publisher Penguin Group’s David Shanks wrote, “I’m deeply saddened by Tom’s passing. He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time. I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide”.
Clancy’s upcoming book, Command Authority, will be published posthumously in December.
Clancy wrote novels including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Without Remorse, Rainbow Six, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Debt of Honor and Runaways, many of which were turned into movies.
Tom Clancy also co-founded video game company Red Storm Entertainment, which later became Ubisoft Red Storm. They released game titles including The Hunt for Red October, Rainbow Six, Eagle Watch and Ghost Recon.
“It was an honor to know Tom Clancy and to work on his fantastic books,” Ivan Held, president of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, said in an emailed statement. “He was ahead of the news curve and sometimes frighteningly prescient. To publish a Tom Clancy book was a thrill every time. He will be missed by everyone at Putnam and Berkley, and by his fans all over the world.”
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