Tom Clancy, the esteemed author of a number best-selling thriller novels, died on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at a hospital in Baltimore. He was 62.

Clancy’s cause of death has yet to be revealed, but multiple news outlets have taken to Twitter to confirm the author’s untimely passing, including Publisher’s Weekly and The New York Times.

Before rising to fame as a commercially successful writer, Clancy started out as an insurance salesman in his hometown of Baltimore. Growing up outside the U.S. capitol, Clancy went on to write some of the most compelling novels about espionage and military technology.

Among his best-selling works are Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October – all of which have been turned into feature films. Over the course of his career, Clancy published a total of 28 books, including his final novel that has yet to be released.

Clancy’s fictional world has also come to life through video games. He co-founded video game developer Red Storm Entertainment in 1996, with which he had a hand in creating a number of games. Ubisoft Entertainment later purchased the successful Red Storm for an undisclosed amount.

Command Authority, Clancy’s final novel, is slated for release on Dec. 3.

Clancy is survived by his wife Alexandra Marie Llewellyn.

– Chelsea Regan

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