According to CNN on Wednesday morning, beloved author Tom Clancy died on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in a hospital near his home.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the author died at John Hopkins Hospital after a "brief illness".
A Baltimore-born former insurance agent, Clancy was known for writing meticulous thrillers focusing on political intrigue and military tactics and technology. He published 28 books, including a new novel that has yet to be released. Seventeen of his novels appeared on the New York Times best-sellers list, according to his website. Many of them reached the No. 1 spot.
Several of his most famous works were made into Hollywood blockbusters, including "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," and "The Sum of All Fears", starring actors such as Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.
Clancy's latest novel, "Command Authority," is slated to be released in December 2013.
Clancy was regarded as old school, but was media-savvy, writing computer games such as Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell video game series, as well as novels and pioneering the idea of the author as a franchise with a "factory of co-writers", which has since been taken up by James Patterson.
Outside of his writing, Clancy was a supporter of the Republican Party and became a lifetime member of the National Riffle Associate in 1978. Clancy was also a part owner of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.
Clancy's own attitude to literature was businesslike. "Writers' block," he said, "is just an official term for being lazy and the way to get through it is work."
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