So sad! One of the best literary authors in the world, Tom Clancy, passed away at the age of 66 on October 1 at a hospital in Baltimore, MD.
It’s a sad day in the literary world. Tom Clancy, the author who became known for writing military thrillers taking place around the time of the Cold War, passed away on the night of Oct. 1, New York Times has confirmed.
Tom Clancy Dies At 66
Julie Bosman, reporter for New York Times tweeted the breaking news:
Tom Clancy’s publisher confirms to the NYT that he died last night in a hospital in Baltimore.
— Julie Bosman (@juliebosman) October 2, 2013
Julie went on to tweet a quote from Ivan Held, the president of Putnam’s Sons publishing company. “He was a thrill to work with,” Ivan told her.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Tom Clancy’s Successful Life
Tom’s first novel The Hunt for Red October was published in 1984; it sold over five million copies, and became the basis for the 1990 film, starring Sean Connery.
His novel, Clear and Present Danger was the no. 1 best selling novel in the 1980s, selling over 1.6 million copies in hardcover.
In 1990, he was awarded with the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement from the Navy League of the United States — which is given to “a U.S. Navy officer, U.S. Marine Corps officer, enlisted service member, or civilian who has made a notable literary contribution that has advanced the knowledge of the importance of sea power in the United States.”
He is one of three authors to have sell two million copies of a first printing in the ’90s.
In addition to his successful writing career, he also co-founded video game developer, Red Storm Entertainment in 1996. His name has been on multiple games since then, including the extremely popular Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon — in which there has been 13 installments of since the first in 2001.
He was also a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom’s family and friends at this time.
— Emily Longeretta