RIP Author Tom Clancy (1947 – 2013)

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Author Tom Clancy has passed away at the age of 66, according to the New York Times. Clancy died last night in a hospital in Baltimore.

“He was a thrill to work with,” said Ivan Held, the president of publisher Putnam.

Tom Clancy is the author of “The Hunt for Red October,” Red Storm Rising,” “Patriot Games,” “The Cardinal of the Kremlin,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “The Sum of All Fears,” “Without Remorse,” “Debt of Honor,” “Executive Orders,” “Rainbow Six,” “The Bear and the Dragon,” “Red Rabbit,” and “The Teeth of the Tiger.” His next book, “Command Authority,” is planned for publication on December 3.

His Jack Ryan titles The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears have been turned into films with actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. A new Jack Ryan movie is also in the works at Paramount starring Chris Pine.

Clancy also co-founded Red Storm Entertainment in 1996 which has made games featuring his name. It was later bought by Ubisoft, which continues to use the Clancy name for titles.

Ubisoft released the following statement:

We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy’s passing and our condolences go out to his family. Tom Clancy was an extraordinary author with a gift for creating detailed, engrossing fictional stories that captivated audiences around the world.

The teams at Ubisoft, especially at the Red Storm studio, are incredibly grateful to have collaborated with and learned from him, and we are humbled by the opportunity to carry on part of his legacy through our properties that bear his name.

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