Author Tom Clancy passes away
Oct 2, 2013 / 8:30 am
Tom Clancy, the best-selling U.S. author of popular military thrillers such as The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games, has reportedly died at the age of 66.
Clancy's publisher, G.P. Putnam's Sons, confirmed to the New York Times that Clancy died Tuesday night in a Baltimore hospital. The cause of death was not provided.
Many of Clancy's novels were turned into successful movies, including "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger."
Four of Clancy's novels were adapted for the big screen with Hollywood stars Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck all taking turns playing Clancy's CIA hero "Jack Ryan.”
A fifth "Jack Ryan" movie is set for release later this year, starring Chris Pine as Ryan and Keira Knightley as Ryan's wife.
Clancy's books also served as inspiration for a series of video games released by Red Storm Entertainment, including "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier," "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction" and "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent."
Clancy, who was born in Baltimore on April 12, 1947, studied English at Loyola College after a brief stint studying physics. Although he once said he wasn't smart enough to study science, Clancy won praise for his books that contained lots of scientific data and military details.
After college Clancy married his wife, Wanada, and began working as an insurance agent.
The writer's newest book, "Command Authority," is scheduled for release on Dec. 3.
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