Famed author and Baltimore native Tom Clancy has died

BALTIMORE - Famed author and Baltimore native Tom Clancy died Tuesday at a Baltimore hospital, according to multiple media reports and confirmed by his publisher. He was 66.

The cause of death was not immediately available.

Clancy gained worldwide fame through his military thriller novels, many of which were adapted into successful films. This includes the "Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger." In all, published 28 books, including one that has yet to be released.

Penguin Group (USA)'s executive David Shanks, who was personally involved in the publication of every one of Clancy's books, said he was deeply saddened by Clancy's passing.

"[Clancy] was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time," Shanks said in a statement. "I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide."

G.P. Putnam's Sons is expected to release Clancy's final novel in December.

"It was an honor to know Tom Clancy and to work on his fantastic books," Ivan Held, president and publisher of G.P. Putnam's Sons said in a statement. "He was ahead of the news curve and sometimes frighteningly prescient.  To publish a Tom Clancy book was a thrill every time. He will be missed by everyone at Putnam and Berkley, and by his fans all over the world."

Clancy was born in Baltimore and graduated high school from Loyola Blakefield in 1965 and then graduated from what was then Loyola College in 1969. Clancy delivered the commencement address at his alma mater in 1986 and received an honorary doctorate at that time.

"The Loyola University Maryland community is saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Clancy, Class of 1969," said Nick Alexopulos, media relations manager, Loyola University Maryland. "Mr. Clancy was a prolific author with a passion for storytelling that engaged people all over the world. He truly embodied the creativity we inspire our students and alumni to bring to their personal and professional lives, and we are proud to call him a member of the Loyola University Maryland family. Our prayers are with his family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time and in the days to come."

Prior to becoming an author, Clancy was an insurance salesman in the area. In 1993, he was part of a large local investment group, led by attorney Peter Angelos that purchased the Baltimore Orioles.

"For decades, Tom Clancy entertained millions with his novels and enjoyed producing no fewer than seventeen best-sellers. He was an extraordinary storyteller who had an ability to keep readers on the edge of their seats. His passion for the military was evident in his efforts to ensure that the men and women who serve our country were properly recognized for their service and commitment," said Angelos in a statement.

"While he achieved international acclaim as a celebrated author, Tom, a proud Baltimorean, was a devoted Marylander, a treasured friend, and a valued partner and advisor in the Orioles ownership group. He was a regular presence at Oriole Park and enjoyed talking about baseball, the ball club and its operations. We are deeply saddened by Tom's passing. He will be missed but long remembered. On behalf of the Orioles, we extend our sympathies to his family."

Clancy was married twice, to Wanda Thomas and then to Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, and is survived by his wife and five children, according to his publisher. The publisher had no immediate details on funeral arrangements.

*The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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