Tom Clancy, author of such mega-hits like "The Hunt for Red October", "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger", died Tuesday night at the age of 66 according to his publisher, G.P. Putnam’s Sons. The details surrounding Tom's death are limited at this point, but his publisher did reveal that Clancy passed away at a hospital in Baltimore, the city in which he was born, according to TMZ on Oct. 2. Clancy may be best known for having created the character of "Jack Ryan".
Tom Clancy was considered the tops in churning out first-rate military thrillers. Many of his best-selling books were turned into blockbuster movies and video games.
Seventeen of his novels were No. 1 New York Times best-sellers. Clancy was working as an insurance salesman when he sold his first novel, "The Hunt for Red October" to the Naval Institute Press for a mere $5,000, according to the Times.
Arguably, Clancy's most famous character is CIA agent Jack Ryan, who has been portrayed on the big screen by actors such as Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.
Actor Chris Pine is set to play Jack Ryan in the upcoming film, "Jack Ryan: Shadow One". Clancy's final book, "Command Authority", is scheduled to be published on December 3.
Tom's "Rainbow Six", "Ghost Recon" and "Splinter Cell" were all huge strategic military video game hits across multiple gaming platforms.