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Author and inspiration for many of gaming's greatest military- and spy-themed games Tom Clancy passed away last night. His publisher has confirmed the news to the New York Times and CNN.
Clancy's first novel, The Hunt for Red October (published in 1984), was turned into a film and a video game in 1990. Our thoughts go out to Mr. Clancy's family and friends.
Update: Ubisoft, publisher of the games bearing Tom Clancy's name, has shared the following statement on its Facebook page.
We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy’s passing and our condolences go out to his family. 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.
[Source: New York Times, CNN]
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This may have ruined my day. And it's not even 10 am.
No way... this completely flipped my day over. My heart goes out to Tom and his loved ones. RIP Tom, you earned it.
I was considering reading a few of his books next year. My dad is in love with his library. I almost feel like I have to in honor of him now lol. I may have not read his books, but his name means a lot to me when I think about some of the best times I've had playing games. RIP
A magnificent story teller has been lost. Goodnight, sweet prince.
Another reminder of the fate that we all share.
Oh wow. RIP. I am a big fan of his books, games and movies. He was young too its crazy nothing lasts forever. Much respect.
Its a sad day, he was my favorite author and hearing this news has forced me to go back, re-read books and watch the films. Tom, you will be missed...I am saddened that I will no longer go to the book store and pick up a new novel by a man I have a great respect for.
He made my childhood, His games(by Ubi) mostly made my interest in games. R.I.P.:(
Aw man. Freakin' legend has died. His books were simply amazing, as well as the games he was associated with. RIP Tom Clancy.
oh mu god..... why?? icant understand.im very sad for him and his family
he is very big man.RIP mr Tom Clancy.
Man this is terrible news! I grew up on his first book and have every game bearing his name. Too young an age to go.
:( Sad news.
He was only 66. My Lord!!!!