Hit author Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66. The writer, who penned classic thrillers including Patriot Games, Rainbow Six, and The Hunt for Red October, passed away on Tuesday (01Oct13) at a hospital in his native Baltimore, Maryland. No further details were available as WENN went to press. Born in Baltimore in 1947, Clancy worked as an insurance agent before launching his writing career, and he went on to become one of the U.S.' most respected novel writers, known for his military and spy thrillers, many of which became Hollywood blockbusters. Many of his books featured the fictional character of Jack Ryan, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative who was later brought to life on the big screen by actors including Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin. The plots of many Clancy novels were also used as the basis for hit computer games, and he also penned several non-fiction military books, including 1993's Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship and Carrier: A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier in 1999.