Bestselling author Tom Clancy has passed away at the age of 66, sources from his publisher and his family have told CNN. He is a well-known and celebrated author, who has published an array of military and espionage thrillers, including the books “The Hunt for Red October,” “Red Storm Rising” and “Patriot Games.”
The cause of his death has not been confirmed.
Seventeen of his novels have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and many of them have reached the No. 1 spot. In addition, a lot of his books have been adapted for the big screen and even video games.
Although his books consisted of military stories, he confirmed in 2003 that he would never publish anything that endangered national security.
“I'll never decide for commercial reasons to put something in that endangers our national security. You just can't do that," he said in a 2003 CNN interview. "There was one thing, I discussed with a friend of mine in the Royal Navy. I told him a story I knew, and he said, well, Tom, you may never repeat that, as long as you live. And I haven't."
Clancy’s next novel, “Command Authority,” is scheduled for a December release.