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Author Tom Clancy dead at 66

Author Tom Clancy dead at 66

TOM CLANCY: The best-selling author has died at the age of 66. Photo: Associated Press

Hit author Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66.

The writer, who penned classic thrillers including “Patriot Games” and “The Hunt for Red October,” passed away on Tuesday at a hospital in his native Baltimore.

“Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger” and “The Hunt for Red October” were among Clancy’s books that were successfully transformed into hit movies.

Many of his books featured the fictional character of Jack Ryan, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative who was later brought to life on the big screen by actors including Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin.

The plots of many Clancy novels were also used as the basis for hit computer games, and he also penned several non-fiction military books, including 1993′s Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship and Carrier: A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier in 1999.

His next book, “Command Authority,” was expected to be released later this year.

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