John McClane, the author of “The Gunslinger” (1941) and “Hercules,” (1946), passed away at age 85.
McClane had been battling cancer for two years and had been undergoing treatment since early January.
He was also battling kidney and lung issues.
He wrote more than 250 novels, including “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “The Gunfighter,” and “The Way of the Gun.”
He was born on May 11, 1923, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Helen and John McClaney.
McClaney began his writing career as a reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, but he was later hired by the Minneapolis Star Tribune to write a newspaper column and later joined the paper’s staff.
He began his career as an editor for the Chicago Defender.
In 1936, McClane moved to New York City to work as a writer.
In 1942, he married his wife, Ann McClane of New York, and they had two children.
He and his wife were also divorced in 1948.
He also served as a radio announcer in the U.S. Army Air Corps for more than a decade and in the Air Force as a pilot.
In 1956, McClaney founded the McClane Law Firm, and he also represented the United States in the International Criminal Court.
He is survived by his wife and children, David and Elizabeth McClane; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
McClanecourt was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and James; and three sisters, Susan, Dorothy and Linda McClane.
He had three children. _____