Author Tom Clancy Has Passed Away At The Age Of 66


Legendary military and spy-themed novelist Tom Clancy passed away yesterday evening at the age of 66. His publisher confirmed the news this morning to the New York Times and CNN.

Clancy was coming up on his 30th year anniversary as a published novelist. His first book, The Hunt for Red October was published in 1984 and later adapted to the film and video game mediums in 1990.

As a gamer I knew Mr. Clancy primarily as the mind behind the Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell game franchises. The publisher of those titles, Ubisoft expressed their appreciation for Clancy’s work and offered their condolences in a public statement,

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.

Our thoughts go out to Mr. Clancy’s family and friends. His work inspired some of gaming’s best plots and he’ll be sorely missed among the gaming community.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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