Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy Passes Away in Hospital

Tom Clancy, famous military writer of several best-selling novels and co-founder of the studio that brought us franchises like ‘Splinter Cell’, ‘Rainbow Six’, ‘Ghost Recon’ series, passed away yesterday (October 1) aged 66, in a hospital near his Maryland home in Baltimore.

News of Tom Clancy’s passing was allegedly first announced (rather bluntly, I might add) by Publishers Weekly on Twitter. It was later confirmed to the New York Times. Tom Clancy’s publisher, Ivan Held, the president of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, confirmed his passing to BBC News, but did not provide a cause of death.

Tom Clancy’s first publish novel was ‘The Hunt for Red October’, which was later adapted into a film in 1990. He wrote many a novel on military and espionage plots, some of which were tie-ins to videogames of the same name – like original ‘Rainbow Six’. There have been a few other titles from Tom Clancy’s line-up that have either been adapted into a videogame or a movie.

Polygon reached out to Ivan Held for comment on Tom Clancy’s passing. He responded with the following on Ubisoft’s official Facebook page:

“We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy’s passing and our condolences go out to his family,” the post reads.  “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.”

I’m not sure what will be happening with projects that involving Tom Clancy’s name. His latest novel (co-written with Mark Greaney), ‘Command Authority’ is apparently still on track for a December release, but it seems that upcoming videogame titles like ‘Rainbow 6: Patriots’ or ‘The Division’ won’t be affected.

My thoughts go out to Tom Clancy’s family, next of kin, and affiliates.

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Chirps to PolygonNew York Times, and BBC News. Thank you for reading, and I’ll catch you next time.