Best-selling US author Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66, his publisher Penguin has confirmed.
Among his achievements:
- The Hunt for Red October was Clancy's first published book, launching his career as a successful writer in 1984
- Red October spawned a Hollywood film as well as a naval war game
- In all he wrote and co-wrote 20 books, including 17 New York Times number one best-sellers
- In 1993 he joined a group of investors to buy the Baltimore Orioles baseball team
- Clancy wrote about commercial airliners being used as missiles several years before the attacks in the US on 11 September 2001
- The French video game manufacturer Ubisoft purchased the use of Clancy's name for an undisclosed sum in 2008
- Clancy's final novel, Command Authority, is due to be published in December 2013
You can find a more detailed obituary on the BBC.