Best-selling author Vince Flynn dies at age 47

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In a Sept. 2, 2005 file photo, best-selling author Vince Flynn poses with the dust jacket of his new book, "Consent to Kill," and copies of his six other books in his home in Edina, Minn. Flynn died, Wednesday, June 18, 2013, after a two-year battle with prostate cancer, a statement from Flynn's publisher, Simon & Schuster, Inc., said. He was 47.

Vince Flynn, a best-selling author of political thriller novels, has died at age 47 after a two-year battle with prostate cancer.

A statement from Flynn's publisher, Simon & Schuster, Inc., said he died Wednesday.

Flynn self-published his first book, "Term Limits," in 1997 before landing a publishing deal. "Term Limits" became a New York Times bestseller. Most of his books centered on the character Mitch Rapp, a counterterrorism operative.

He averaged a book a year.

Flynn announced in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with stage three metastatic prostate cancer.

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