For those of us who knew Vince Flynn as the man behind “Mitch Rapp,” we’ve lost a tremendous talent today.

Those closer to Flynn are mourning the loss of a devoted father and faithful friend.

Notable & Quotable: RIP Vince Flynn

A close family friend of Flynn’s had this to say today about the author:

A friend of the Flynns, Fr. Peter Laird (who went to college with Vince), said that there were always two things in Vinnie’s hands: his phone and his ring rosary. Father added, “One was used to communicate with people on Earth, and one was used to communicate with God in Heaven.”…

We once heard him tell someone, “If you just stepped foot into a Catholic church you wouldn’t have so much anxiety.” Because Vince embraced his faith, he didn’t have any fear about dying. But as Father Laird said at Vince’s deathbed, “He just didn’t want to go so soon.”

Flynn was working on his 15th novel at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife, Lysa, and three children.