Tom Clancy died at a hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday night, according to multiple media reports.
The best-selling author was best known for his thrillers, including his first novel, The Hunt for Red October, released in 1984.
A Baltimore-born former insurance agent, Clancy was known for writing meticulous thrillers focusing on political intrigue and military tactics and technology. He published 28 books — including a new novel yet to be released.
In 1996, Clancy co-founded video game developer Red Storm Entertainment and has had his name on several of Red Storm’s most successful games. Red Storm was later purchased by Ubisoft Entertainment.
The company, now Ubisoft Red Storm, is based in Cary.
The cause of death wasn’t immediately available.
Seventeen of his novels appeared on the New York Times best-sellers list, according to his website. Many of them reached the No. 1 spot.
His writings also provided the inspiration for the “Rainbow Six,” “Ghost Recon” and “Splinter Cell,” video game series.
His writing gained him a loyal following within the armed forces in the United States and abroad, giving him inside access that frequently informed the plots of his books. But in a 2003 CNN interview, Clancy said he was always careful not to reveal classified information or sensitive details of how the elite troops he often wrote about operated.
“I’ll never decide for commercial reasons to put something in that endangers our national security. You just can’t do that,” he said in a 2003 CNN interview. “There was one thing, I discussed with a friend of mine in the Royal Navy. I told him a story I knew, and he said, well, Tom, you may never repeat that, as long as you live. And I haven’t.”
His new novel, “Command Authority,” is scheduled for December publication.