Author Vince Flynn has lost his battle with prostate cancer at the age of 47.
The acclaimed thriller writer was diagnosed with stage three metastatic prostate cancer in 2010. He died on Wednesday morning (19Jun13) at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.
His bestsellers, which include Kill Shot and American Assassin, have often come under scrutiny for their accurate accounts of international Cia activities. His 2004 book Memorial Day chronicles a raid similar to the one that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.
A former realtor, Flynn battled with childhood dyslexia and wrote his first book, Term Limits, in 1997.
His fans include former U.S. leader George W. Bush and conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh.
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