Author Tom Clancy died last night, according to the New York Times. Tom Clancy was 66-years-old. Most in the world knows Tom Clancy for his bestselling novels about the military, espionage, government corruption, and spying that have spawned an unstoppable empire of movie and video game franchises.
In the gaming world his name is synonymous with such games as the Rainbow Six series, The Hunt For Red October, the Splinter Cell series, the Ghost Recon series, and the upcoming next-gen game Tom Clancy's The Division. Clancy began his foray into video games by helping to found Red Storm Entertainment. Red Storm was later acquired by Ubisoft.
Ubisoft put out the following statement on its Facebook page about Clancy's passing:
"We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy’s passing and our condolences go out to his family," Ubisoft wrote on their Facebook page this morning. "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."