Video Game Icon and Author Tom Clancy Dies

Best selling author Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] best-selling author whose many novels spawned numerous video games has died. Tom Clancy, 66, passed away in Baltimore on October 1st. News of his death was first broken by Publishers Weekly, and was later confirmed to the New York Times.

His novels, many of them becoming best-sellers and featuring military themes, were adapted into many films and video games including The Hunt for Red October (pictured), Rainbow Six, The Sum of All Fears and Shadow Watch.Clancy also co-founded Red Storm Entertainment, a video game studio which, along with its publisher, Ubisoft, created many franchises under Tom Clancy’s name including Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell and H.A.W.X.

Another game under the Tom Clancy name is set to be released on next-gen platforms. Tom Clancy’s The Division will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2014. His son, Thom Clancy, wrote on Twitter: “One of the last things that Dad and I talked about was how grateful he was for his fans. That’s a sentiment that I share right now.”

“What matters is that in the end we parted on good terms and the last memory I’ll have of him is him with a smile on his face,” he continued.

Ubisoft released a statement on it’s Facebook page which read: “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 at 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.”

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