Best known for his military thriller novels, Tom Clancy died in a Baltimore hospital yesterday.

Before he ventured into the videogame world, Tom Clancy wrote books, and he wrote a lot of them. The best-seller novelist passed away yesterday in a hospital of his native city Baltimore, the New York Times confirmed. He lived to be 66 years old. Clancy’s book Command Authority is planned for publication on Dec. 3.

Clancy helped found videogame development studio Red Storm Entertainment in 1996, and it went on to develop many franchises based on Clancy’s work. Ubisoft later bought the company and makes games under Clancy’s name, most recently Splinter Cell: Blacklist. The next upcoming game is Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Ubisoft released a statement on Facebook this morning:

“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 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.”

Much of Tom Clancy’s work takes place in the Cold War, and he was well known for his insider knowledge on military intelligence and operations. His understanding of the military and espionage raises the bar for all writers.

Source: New York Times

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