Vince Flynn died of prostate cancer today at the age of 47. He was a well known author of spy thrillers, many featuring counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp. He had publicly announced his diagnosis of stage 3 prostate cancer two years ago. American Assassin, a movie starring Bruce Willis as Mitch Rapp, is in pre-production.
He got sixty rejection letters from publishers before he finally self-published his first book. He hand sold it in the twin-cities to become a local best-seller, which landed him an agent and a book deal with Simon & Schuster. Every single one of his books became a New York Times best-seller, and he was about to have Bruce Willis star in the movie version of one – this is a guy who saw a lot of dreams come true, and had a wife and three children who loved him. He was very involved with local charities at home. Young he may have been, but he certainly was living life to the fullest.