Tom Clancy in Huntingtown, Md.

Bestselling Author Tom Clancy Dies at 66

Clancy authored more than a dozen bestselling books and inspired numerous films and video games.

Tom Clancy in Huntingtown, Md.
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Tom Clancy, a name synonymous with espionage thrillers and military fiction that inspired numerous successful films and video games, died Tuesday after a brief illness at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Clancy, a Baltimore native, wrote more than a dozen bestselling novels, including "The Hunt for Red October", "Patriot Games", "Clear and Present Danger" and "The Sum of All Fears" – all of which were adapted into Hollywood movies. His next novel, "Command Authority", is planned to be released on Dec. 3. Clancy's works also inspired the Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell video game series.

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He became an insurance broker after graduating from Baltimore's Loyola College in 1969. Clancy became a part owner of the Baltimore Orioles in 1993 after joining a group of investors that included majority owner Peter Angelos.

Forbes ranked Clancy as the 10th-best celebrity earner in 2002 on its Celebrity 100 list. His net worth today is estimated at around $300 million.

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