Tom Clancy Dead: 'The Hunt for Red' Author's Cause of Death Unknown

Oct 02, 2013 02:43 PM EDT | By Dina Exil

  • print
Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy was born in Baltimore, in 1947, and was an insurance salesman (Photo : Reuters)

Tom Clancy, prolific author of military thriller that turned into box office gold, with movies such as "The Hunt for Red" and "Clear and Present Danger," has died Monday at the age of 66 in Baltimore, MD.

Like Us on Facebook

Clancy's publisher confirmed the author's death.

"I'm deeply saddened by Tom's passing.," executive David Shanks said in a statement, according to NBC News. "He was a consummate author creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time. I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide."

There have been no reports on casue of death.

Born in Baltimore in 1947, Clancy was an insurance salesman before he went on to write blockbuster espionage books, including "The Hunt for Red October" which he sold to the Naval Institute Press for only $5,000, according to NBC News.

The book took off when President Ronald Reagan, who had received a copy, called it "my kind of yarn" and said he was losing sleep because he could not put it down. After the book's publication in 1985, Clancy was praised for his mastery of "technical details about Soviet submarines and weaponry" according to the New York Times. Other blockbuster books included "Patriot Games" (1987) and "Clear and Present Danger" (1989). Clancy also published "Red Strom Rising" in 1986 and "The Cardinal of the Kermlin" in 1988.

The books spawned commercially successful films with actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck as Clancy's famous fictional character Jack Ryan. Clancy's other famous character, John Clark, has been played by actors Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber.

Seventeen of his novels were No. 1 New York Times best sellers, including his most recent, "Threat Vector," which was released in December 2012. Clancy was frequently accused of using classified information in his novels, a claim that amused him.

While he spent time on military bases, visited the Pentagon and dined with high-level military officials, Clancy insisted he didn't want to know any classified information.

"I hang my hat on getting as many things right as I can," he once said in an interview, according to the Times. "I've made up stuff that's turned out to be real that's the spooky part."

Clancy's latest book, "Command Authority" is due to hit bookshelves on Dec. 3.

A few Twitter reactions to Clancey's death:

© 2015 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
TrendingOn The Web
Food Biz

KFC Customer Horrified at Finding 'Mold' on Bottom of Zinger Burger

A horrifying experience left a 31-year-old woman in a sickening experience as she discovered a mold on her KFC burger.

A man serves some chicken on rice from his stall at the...

Food Stalls to Stop Serving Ready to Eat Raw Fish Food as GBS Infections Spike

Chinese-style dishes with raw fish will no longer be served as incidents of GBS caused infections continue to rise in Singapore.

grilled bacon sandwich

3 Healthy Snacks That Are Giving You Extra Pounds, Find out What to Splurge on Instead

Experts discovered that some healthy snacks are actually high in calories and are giving one extra pounds. This list reveals three healthy but fattening snacks and the corresponding substitute treats to eat instead.

Food Tech
Soylent Meal Substitute

Soylent Liquid Food: Will This be the Future of Food?

Soylent has been popular in Silicon Valley and has been around for some time. It has found its way to a niche group that enjoys easy living sans the hassle of preparing and cooking food.

Herbal Supplements

Supplements that can Boost Immunity for Better Health

If you feel as though your immune system or overall health needs some support or if you feel a cold or illness coming on, these six supplements do show benefits. When using supplements to support your immune system, you need to answer two important questions: Do you need that supplement? And is your supplement the highest possible quality?

Fighting Obesity: How much should your plate contain?

Fighting Obesity One Plate at a Time: How Much Should You Have on Your Plate?

The battle against obesity can be slightly daunting, but knowing the appropriate plate sizes can make a difference.

Real Time Analytics