The best-selling author died in a Baltimore hospital on Tuesday night at the age of 66, according to his publisher.
Clancy, who was born on April 12, 1947, was an author best-known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines that were set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War, along with video games which bear his name for licensing and promotional purposes.
His name was also a brand for similar movie scripts written by ghost writers and many series of non-fiction books on military subjects and merged biographies of key leaders.
Clancy published his first novel, “The Hunt for Red October,” in 1984. The novel sold more than five million copies worldwide and became the basis for a movie starring Alec Baldwin.
Clancy went to high school in Towson and graduated from Loyola College in Baltimore, now Loyola University, in 1969.
He was Vice Chairman of Community Activities and Public Affairs, as well as a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos issued the following statement on Clancy’s passing:
“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.
“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 ballclub 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.”