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Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell Creator and Prolific Author Tom Clancy Dies at Age 66

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Posted on October 2, 2013 AT 10:03am

Tom Clancy, author of numerous widely recognized novels and series as well as videogame properties, died at age 66 last night.

In addition to writing a library’s worth of Jack Ryan/John Clark novels, Tom Clancy was also associated with several popular film adaptations, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger.  In 1996, the author co-founded Red Storm Entertainment, which was later purchased by Ubisoft in 200. The company then published an equally impressively library of Tom Clancy–branded videogames, including 17 Rainbow Six games, several Ghost Recon titles, Splinter Cell, and most recently, The Division.

“We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy’s passing, and our condolences go out to his family,” reads a post on Ubisoft’s official Facebook page in response to the news. “Tom Clancy was an extraordinary writer 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.”

Ubisoft also posted the following tweet on The Division‘s official Twitter account:

Clancy’s final Jack Ryan novel, Command Authority, is set to release December 3.

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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