Tom Clancy, best-selling author of military thrillers and crime friction, passed away at the age of 66 on Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital. Clancy is most popular for "The Hunt for Red October", "Rainbow Six", and "Patriot Games" and many others that later became blockbuster films. Clancy's publisher G.P. Putnam first announced his death in a short memo posted on the company's website.
"It was an honor to know Tom Clancy and to work on his fantastic books. He was ahead of the news curve and sometimes frighteningly prescient. To publish a Tom Clancy book was a thrill every time. He will be missed by everyone at Putnam and Berkley, and by his fans all over the world," said by president and publisher of G.P. Putnam's Sons Ivan Held in a statement.
According to the USA Today report, Tom Clancy had seven No. 1 USA Today bestsellers and over 50 books total in the top 150. In addition, Clancy had 17 novels become No 1. on the New York Times bestsellers list.
Not only did some of Clancy's books go Hollywood but many were turned into video games. Clancy co-founded Red Storm Entertainment (to later be bought out by Ubisoft) and made "Rainbow Six" into a first-person shooter which was first released in 1999 for Nintendo 64, Playstation, and Dreamcast. Since then, there have been 17 different "Rainbow Six" games created. Later that year "Splinter Cell" was released and turned into a multi-dollar video game series. Ubisoft commented earlier today in a Facebook post about the author's passing.
"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."
Clancy has had a loyal following and will be missed by millions of readers worldwide. The cause of death is still unknown.