(USA TODAY) According to the Publishers Weekly Twitter account, Tom Clancy died in a Baltimore hospital at age 66.

CNN and The New York Times has also reported the news.

Born in Baltimore, Clancy was an insurance salesman before he went on to write blockbuster espionage books, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games,and Clear and Present Danger.

The books spawned commercially successful films with actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck as Clancy's most famous fictional character Jack Ryan.

Clancy's other famous character, John Clark, has been played by actors Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber.

Clancy and his first wife Wanda married in 1969, and divorced in 1999. He went on to marry frelance journalist Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, whom he had met in 1997.

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