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Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Novelist, Has Died

Posted by Anthony Bacchus

Author of suspenseful military thrillers has passed away

Tom Clancy, the legendary author of a myriad of military thrillers and who had graced his name on many video games, died at a Baltimore hospital on Tuesday night at the age of 66.

The successful writer was best known for his novels about CIA Agent Jack Ryan and many of Clancy's books were turned into blockbuster Hollywood films like The Hunt for Red October, Partriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger. His fame in the video game industry began when he co-founded Red Storm Entertainment with Doug Littlejohns in 1996 which eventually spawned the breakthrough hit, Rainbow Six in 1998.

Not long after the success of the Rainbow Six franchise, Ubisoft purchased the company in 2000 and has since created a slew of popular series with Tom Clancy's name attached to them such as the Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell games. The next Tom Clancy game will be The Division, which made its prime debut at E3 this year.

Ubisoft expressed their sentiments towards the prolific author on their Facebook page:

"We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy's passing and our condolences go out to his family. Tom Clancy was an extraordinary author with a gift for creating detailed, engrossing fictional stories that captivated audiences around the world."

"The teams at Ubisoft, especially at the Red Storm studio, are incredibly grateful to have collaborated with and learned from him, and we are humbled by the opportunity to carry on part of his legacy through our properties that bear his name."

Despite this deeply saddening news, fans will at least have one final book to enjoy on December 3rd when Command Authority is scheduled for release.

Mr. Clancy, thanks for blessing our world with your imaginative stories and characters. You will be greatly missed.

[via nytimes.com, polygon.com]

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User Comments (4)

opeter

#1

opeter said:

Sad news. May rest in peace. I always liked most of the games, that had TC in their name.

Gamer83

#3

Gamer83 said:

Very sad. RIP, Tom, thanks for havig made the world a little better with your great stories.

TheZeeMan

#4

TheZeeMan said:

Very sad, I am hoping without Tom we still get the TC quality of the video games.

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