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Author and game namesake Tom Clancy dies at 66

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Author and video game namesake Tom Clancy has died at 66. The New York Times reports that the best-selling author died yesterday of unreleased causes in a Baltimore hospital.

His literary career took off in 1984 with the publication of The Hunt for Red October, which was adapted into several video games and a motion picture over the next six years. The Tom Clancy's series of games began with tactical shooter Rainbow Six in 1998.

Ubisoft has held the series, which expanded into sub-franchises like Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and upcoming MMO shooter The Division, since it purchased Red Storm Entertainment in 2000. It said in a Facebook post that it would continue to create games in his name.

"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."

Editor's note: This story originally stated Tom Clancy died today. He died yesterday. We regret the error.

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9 comments

  • Swedish_Chef - October 3, 2013 3:23 a.m.

    I shall light many bulbs and then shoot them out in his memory. R.I.P.
  • ZeeCaptain - October 2, 2013 11:01 p.m.

    Pretty sure he had no creative say over any of his games, like Ubisoft just plastered his name on any game they decided to make that maybe once had a prolonged sideways glance with one of his books, but regardless RIP, Mr.Clancy I wonder if you knew how many years i've played a game of counting how many of your books I could find at a thrift store.
  • profile0000 - October 2, 2013 6:41 p.m.

    That's unfortunate. He was only 66, which isn't really old. RIP Tom Clancy, I always loved The Hunt for Red October.
  • GOD - October 2, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    Was never into his games, but I enjoyed his literary works. He will be missed.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - October 2, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    He was kind of a douchebag from what I've red, but RIP anyways, you glorious bastard. I hope Mr. Caffeine reads a eulogy.
  • Unoriginal - October 2, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    I will honor him by finishing Splinter Cell: Blacklist tonight. The poor game evaporated from my console the moment GTA V. Blacklist is definitely in my top 10 this year and not many authors can say that they have influenced GOTY contenders.
  • MasteroDisasta - October 2, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    Eerie coincidence that I'm playing Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow HD right now. I'll definitely finish it now in celebration of his life's work's gaming inspirations. R.I.P. Tom
  • Malakie - October 2, 2013 12:44 p.m.

    Loved all his books and many of his games as well. Was surprised at the news... just reading his latest book now... wonder what happened and at age 66.
  • BladedFalcon - October 2, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    Never cared much for any of the games bearing his name, nor his works as a whole for that matter. Nevertheless, may he rest in peace.

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