Tom Clancy, the author of Jack Ryan novels, died in a Baltimore hospital Tuesday at the age of 66.
The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears were several of Clancy's books that have become big-screen blockbusters featuring heroic CIA agent Jack Ryan.
The role of Ryan has been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and now Chris Pine in the reboot franchise entitled Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which is scheduled for release Christmas Day -- probably around the same time Command Authority, Clancy's newest Ryan novel, comes out sometime in December of this year.
According to The New York Times, Clancy is survived by wife Alexandra and daughter Alexis, and four children from his previous marriage to Wanda King: Michelle Bandy, Christine Blocksidge, Kathleen Clancy, and Thomas Clancy III.
Cause of death has yet to be determined.