Tom Clancy Dies — Legendary Author Dead at 66

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Tom Clancy — the author behind mega-hits like “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games” and “Rainbow Six” — died last night at the age of 66 … this according to his publisher.

The details surrounding Clancy”s death are limited at this point. His publisher revealed Clancy passed away at a hospital in Baltimore, the city where he was born.

Clancy was the first name in military thrillers — churning out tons of hit books, many of which became blockbuster movies and video games.

Clancy”s most famous character CIA agent Jack Ryan — who was portrayed on the big screen by actors like Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. Chris Pine is set to play Ryan in the upcoming movie, “Jack Ryan: Shadow One.”

Clancy”s “Rainbow Six,” Ghost Recon” and “Splinter Cell” were all monster military strategic video game hits across multiple platforms.