Thriller author Tom Clancy dies of illness at age 66

3 October 2013 / 3 years 3 weeks ago

US author Tom Clancy, whose spy and military thrillers became worldwide best-sellers and inspired several Hollywood hit films, has died, US media reported on Wednesday. He was 66.

His long list of novels included The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger, reports an article on ST Communities.

The Baltimore Sun newspaper said Clancy, a Maryland native, died on Tuesday “after a brief illness” at the city’s Johns Hopkins hospital. The New York Times cited his publisher in reporting the death.

Clancy set his novels in the context of the Cold War and its aftermath, focusing on espionage and military science with rich attention to technical detail.

“The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense,” he once said.

Clancy also lent his name to a series of video games, including Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, released in August by Ubisoft.

An avowed Republican, Clancy was also a co-owner of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.

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