Legendary Author Tom Clancy Dies at 66

Tom Clancy (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Tom Clancy, author of acclaimed novels such as “Clear and Present Danger“, “The Hunt for Red October” and “Patriot Games,” died last night at the age of 66.

According to TMZ, Clancy’s publisher confirmed that the writer passed away at a hospital in Baltimore near his Maryland home, but no other details were made immediately available.

Clancy is best-known for penning meticulously detailed espionage novels, many of which have been adapted for the big screen.

His most famous fictional characters, Jack Ryan and John Clark, have been portrayed in film by major Hollywood heavyweights including Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Liev Shreiber. 

Clancy, a co-owner of the Baltimore Oriels since 1993, helped found video game developer Red Storm Entertainment.

Over the course of his career Clancy published a total 28 books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times best-sellers list. His last novel, “Command Authority,” is due out this December.

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