RIP, Tom Clancy. The bestselling author of The Hunt for Red October and many other smash novels adapted for film, died in a Baltimore hospital near his Maryland home on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at age 66, multiple outlets (including the New York Times and Publishers Weekly) have confirmed. His cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Originally an insurance salesman, Clancy eventually became one of the giants in the sub-genre of spy and military novels. Books like The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears all went on to become smash blockbuster films.
"He was a joy to work with," Ivan Held, the president of his publishing house, Putnam, told the New York Times.
Back in 1996, Clancy expanded his work to co-found the video game developer Red Storm Entertainment, putting his imprimateur on several games inspired by his books and films.
A noted supporter of Republican causes, Clancy was part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles as well; at the time of his death, his net worth was an estimated $300 million.