Tom Clancy died at the age of 66 after a brief illness. According to Fox News on Oct. 2, Clancy died in the John Hopkins Hospital on Tuesday.
Clancy was a best selling author of political thrillers, many featuring the hero Jack Ryan, a former military man who becomes head of the CIA and eventually the President of the United States.
Clancy first reached the best seller status thanks to real-life U.S. President Ronald Reagan who said he was losing sleep because he couldn't put down Clancy's breakthrough novel "The Hunt for Red October."
Clancy's stories have also enjoyed mainstream movie success, starting with "Hunt for Red October" where Alec Baldwin played Jack Ryan and then on through "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger" with Harrison Ford and "The Sum of All Fears" with Ben Affleck.
Jack Ryan returns to theaters this year with an original story "Jack Ryan: Shadow One" starring "Star Trek's" Chris Pine.
Tom Clancy also moved into video games with his "Splinter Cell" series as well as "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier."
Tom Clancy died, leaving behind his second wife Alexandra Llewellyn, as well as four children from his first marriage.