Celebrated author Tom Clancy, who became famous for popular works like "Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games," died on Tuesday night, according to multiple media reports. He was 66.
Clancy died after a brief illness at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Born in Baltimore, Md., Clancy first made his name in ‘80s for his suspenseful espionage and military novels. Some of his works, including "The Hunt for Red October" and "The Sum of All Fears," were turned into blockbuster movies.
Outside of his writing, Clancy was a supporter of the Republican Party and became a lifetime member of the National Riffle Associate in 1978.
Clancy was also a part owner of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.
In 1999, Clancy married freelance journalist Alexandra Marie Llewellyn. He was previously married to his college sweetheart Wanda Thomas. They had four children together.
Clancy's latest novel, "Command Authority," is slated to be released in December 2013.