Best-selling author, Tom Clancy, 66, died Tuesday night at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, not far from his Baltimore, Maryland home. G.P. Putnam's Sons, his publisher, has confirmed his passing to the media.
Clancy whom brought to life the character of Jack Ryan, also penned dozens of espionage, military science and technological thrillers, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.
While writing his first novel, that turned into the New York Times' best-seller, The Hunt for Red October, in 1984, he was an independent insurance broker. Ten of Clancy’s literary accomplishments also ranked number one on the list. According to reports, more than 50 million copies of his books have been printed, with four of his novels making it to the silver screen.
Actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck played a part in Clancy's famous fictional character Jack Ryan. The four films earned about $800 million globally.
"I'm deeply saddened by Tom's passing. He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time. I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide." David Shanks, executive of the Penguin Group.
"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." Ivan Held, president and publisher of Putnam.
A fifth film, Jack Ryan, has been scheduled for its release on December 30, 2013.