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Updated Oct 2, 2013 - 9:00 am

Author Tom Clancy dies at 66

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American author Tom Clancy, best known for writing military thrillers, died on Wednesday. He was 66.

Details surrounding his death are unclear at this time. Clancy's publisher confirmed he passed away but did not disclose the cause of death.

According to The Baltimore Sun, the author died at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from a brief illness.

Clancy was born in Baltimore, Md. and worked as an insurance salesman before penning bestsellers including "The Hunt for Red October" (1984), "Clear and Present Danger" (1988) and "The Sum of All Fears" (1990).

The author's latest novel, "Command Authority," will hit bookshelves on Dec. 3.

Clancy had said his dream had been simply to publish a book, hopefully a good one, so that he would be in the Library of Congress catalog. Several of his books were later made into movies.

In addition to writing, Clancy founded Red Storm Entertainment, a video game company that later sold to Ubisoft.

Several entertainment figures who were inspired by Clancy's work shared their condolences on Twitter.

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