Tom Clancy, 66, Has Died
Best-selling author and gaming pioneer Tom Clancy died yesterday in a Baltimore hospital at the age of 66.
Clancy’s publisher, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin), made the announcement without providing a cause of death.
Known worldwide for his novels, including Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and Rainbow Six, Clancy’s chief protagonist Jack Ryan successfully made the leap to Hollywood with a number of films. Clancy also actively brought his espionage universe to gaming, first with a Commodore version of The Hunt for Red October in 1987 and a series of PC games through various developers before going on to co-found Red Storm Studios in 1996. From there the Tom Clancy name became synonymous with gaming franchises like Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell, among others.