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Vince Flynn Dies of Cancer at 47

June 19, 2013

Vince Flynn, the New York Times best-selling author of 14 thrillers and mysteries, has died of prostate cancer. He was 47.

Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minn., and graduated from St. Thomas Military Academy High School and the University of St. Thomas. He served in the Marine Corps and later, while working as a bartender in St. Paul, he began writing in order to help overcome his dyslexia.

He self-published his first book, "Term Limits," which was later picked up by Pocket Books. It was the only book that didn't feature his popular Mitch Rapp character.

Flynn revealed to fans in January 2011 on his website ( that he was battling cancer.


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