BALTIMORE -- Best-selling author and Baltimore native Tom Clancy passed away Tuesday night at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The 66-year-old Clancy was a minority owner of the Orioles who was listed in this year's media guide as the organization's vice chairman of community projects and public affairs.
Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos released this statement on Wednesday:
"For decades, Tom Clancy entertained millions with his novels and enjoyed producing no fewer than 17 best-sellers. He was an extraordinary storyteller who had an ability to keep readers on the edge of their seats. His passion for the military was evident in his efforts to ensure that the men and women who serve our country were properly recognized for their service and commitment.
"While he achieved international acclaim as a celebrated author, Tom, a proud Baltimorean, was a devoted Marylander, a treasured friend, and a valued partner and advisor in the Orioles ownership group. He was a regular presence at Oriole Park and enjoyed talking about baseball, the ballclub and its operations.
"We are deeply saddened by Tom's passing. He will be missed but long remembered.
"On behalf of the Orioles, we extend our sympathies to his family."
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