Tom Clancy, longtime author of bestselling military and espionage books, and co-founder of Ubisoft-owned Red Storm studio that produces all of the Rainbow Six games, has died at the age of 66. Clancy’s death, which occurred at a hospital in Baltimore, was first reported by Publishers Weekly on their Twitter page, only to be confirmed by The New York Times.
Although Clancy’s claim to fame was primarily his writing, he also became a huge figure in the world of gaming after Rainbow Six became a hit in 1998. He co-founded the studio that released it, Red Storm Entertainment, which was later purchased by Ubisoft. Tom Clancy’s work and name were later attached to multiple hit video game series including the Ghost Recon series, as well as the immensely popular Splinter Cell titles. Clancy’s cause of death is not yet known. Here is a statement issued by Ubisoft about Tom Clancy following his passing:
“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.”