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Tom Clancy

Legendary Author

Dead at 66

10/2/2013 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Clancy -- the author behind mega-hits like "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games" and "Rainbow Six" -- died last night at the age of 66 ... this according to his publisher.

The details surrounding Clancy's death are limited at this point. His publisher revealed Clancy passed away at a hospital in Baltimore, the city where he was born.

Clancy was the first name in military thrillers -- churning out tons of hit books, many of which became blockbuster movies and video games.

Clancy's most famous character was CIA agent Jack Ryan -- who was portrayed on the big screen by actors like Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. Chris Pine is set to play Ryan in the upcoming movie, "Jack Ryan: Shadow One."

Clancy's "Rainbow Six," "Ghost Recon" and "Splinter Cell" were all monster military strategic video game hits across multiple platforms.

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58 COMMENTS

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31.

Observer    

Hellofa Writer!
R.I.P. Mr. Clancey
Thanks for all the 'Imaginative' ideas you put to paper. They'll live on.

330 days ago
32.

olu32    

I loved "The Hunt For Red October" book. May he rest in peace

330 days ago
33.

Pauline O'Neill    

Thanks for the great movies & books Tom, my husband was a big fan of all the movies & books. You will be dearly missed by many fams. Rest In Peace.

330 days ago
34.

potato    

R.I.P. Tom! Thanks for the thrillers and great work you did! May you rest in peace!

330 days ago
35.

Enuff Said    

I'M reading "rainbow six" now RIP M

330 days ago
36.

Bill    

To the Clancy family may he be in the arms of Jesus and mmay Jesus comfort you also. Thanks Tom for all the great books.

330 days ago
37.

mouthsaytongue    

lol @ 'legendary author.'

you guys make it sound as if he's Proust or Dostoevsky.

no one will be reading Clancy in 20 years.

330 days ago
38.

Vote2012    

Most people do not know but this guy may have written great books but in real life he was a bitter nasty white guy who seemed to hate the public and treated people like dirty. You can ask just about any person who lives in Maryland who has met him, he was not a friendly person.

329 days ago
39.

ElisabethIsDisgusting    

He dumped his wife, the mother of his children, to marry his mistress. Boy, she made out well, didn't she?

329 days ago
40.

21stcent    

RIP Tom.
Thanks for the hours of excellent reading.
No one can fill the shoes you left behind.

329 days ago
41.

Jessica    

The world lost a truly great author. Thank you for your incredibly compelling stories. You gave us so many hours of entertainment. You will forever be remembered through your books and your words. RIP. Please feel free to leave your condolences: http://www.eternal-contact.com/tom-clancy-tribute/

327 days ago
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