Bestselling author Tom Clancy has died at 66.
The New York Times reports that Clancy passed away last night at a hospital in his hometown of Baltimore. Details are still unknown but the author’s death was confirmed by his publisher on Wednesday morning.
Clancy made his name in the literary world with taut military thrillers like The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears, each of which was turned into a feature film.
The majority of Clancy’s work focused on the fictional character of CIA agent Jack Ryan, who was portrayed in the movie adaptations by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.
Chris Pine of Star Trek Into Darkness renown is slated to play the character in the upcoming feature Jack Ryan: Shadow One.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Clancy became an insurance broker after graduating from Loyola College. Although he held a lifelong desire to join the military, he was unable to enlist because of his weak eyesight. His first book, Red October, was an immediate bestseller upon its release in 1984.
All told, Clancy penned more than two-dozen books and was a part owner in the Baltimore Orioles baseball franchise. His novels also served as inspiration for the video games Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon. Clancy's next novel, Command Authority, is scheduled for release on December 3.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Clancy was married once from 1969 to 1997. He and his former wife, Wanda Thomas, had four children together. Ms. Thomas allegedly filed for divorce in 1996 after learning her husband had an extramarital affair.