Thousands pay tribute to Vince Flynn at St. Paul Cathedral


A crowd filled the Cathedral of St. Paul Monday to remember novelist Vince Flynn, a St. Paul native whose espionage thrillers sold more than 15 million copies.

Admirers of Flynn's work joined family and friends in a crowd estimated at 2,700. The Pioneer Press reports some mourners waited in a line two blocks long to extend their sympathies to Flynn's widow and children.

Those attending the funeral ranged from talk radio host Rush Limbaugh to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Sen. Norm Coleman, the newspaper reports.

A former classmate of Flynn's at the University of St. Thomas delivered the homily. KARE-11 reports a high school classmate from St. Thomas Academy, Tom Tracy, also eulogized Flynn, saying his accomplishments as an author paled in comparison to his character.

Flynn, 47, died of prostate cancer last week. His 15th novel was due to be published this fall.

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