Author of ‘Hunt for Red October,’ ‘Sum of All Fears’ dies

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Tom Clancy, the bestselling author of "The Hunt for Red October" and other wildly successful technological thrillers, died Tuesday in Baltimore. The publisher did not disclose a cause of death. (AP Photo/G.P. Putnam Sons, David Burnett.)
Tom Clancy, the bestselling author of “The Hunt for Red October” and other wildly successful technological thrillers, died Tuesday in Baltimore. The publisher did not disclose a cause of death. (AP Photo/G.P. Putnam Sons, David Burnett.)

New York Times best-selling author Tom Clancy passed away at 66.

Ivan Held, the president of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Clancy’s publisher, confirmed the news to the New York Times. Clancy passed away Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital. The cause of death has not been released.

Julie Bosman, a reporter for the New York Times who interviewed Held, tweeted a portion of her interview with the publishing company’s president.

“He was a thrill to work with,” Held said.

Clancy’s best-selling novel, “The Hunt for Red October,” has sold more than five million copies and was adapted to a film starring Alec Baldwin. Other best-sellers include “The Sum of All Fears,” “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger,” which were also turned into films.

“Rest in peace the great writer Tom Clancy,” the Alec Baldwin Foundation said on its official Twitter page. “A real gentleman of the old school.”

Clancy’s latest novel, “Command Authority,” is slated for publication on Dec. 3.

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