Best-selling author Tom Clancy dies at 66

Best-selling author Tom Clancy has died at age 66, according to multiple sources.

According to his publisher, Penguin Group (USA), Clancy died in a Baltimore hospital near his Maryland home.

Clancy is known for writing 28 books -- 17 recognized as New York Times Best-Sellers -- including military and espionage thrillers such as "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger." These novels were adapted into major Hollywood films.

He was also one of the co-founders of the the video game developer Red Storm Entertainment. The company published the highly successful Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six series of games.

Penguin Group (USA)'s executive David Shanks, who was personally involved in the publication of every one of Clancy's books, said he was deeply saddened by Clancy's passing.

"[Clancy] was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time," Shanks said in a statement. "I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide."

"It was an honor to know Tom Clancy and to work on his fantastic books," Ivan Held, president and publisher of G.P. Putnam's Sons said in a 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."

Clancy was an insurance salesman before he went on to set the bar for thrillers.

In an interview, Clancy had said his dream had been simply to publish a book, hopefully a good one, so that he would be in the Library of Congress catalog. 

His next book, "Command Authority," was slated for publication on Dec. 3.

Clancy is survived by his four children from his first marriage and a wife, Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, whom he married in 1999.


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