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OfflineRedstorm
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RIP Hunter S. Thompson
    #3808802 - 02/21/05 12:24 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

It's a sad day for literature.
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Author Hunter S. Thompson Kills Himself

6 minutes ago

By CATHERINE TSAI, Associated Press Writer

DENVER - Hunter S. Thompson, the acerbic counterculture writer who popularized a new form of fictional journalism in books like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," fatally shot himself Sunday night at his Aspen-area home, his son said. He was 67.

"Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family," Juan Thompson said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News.

Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, a personal friend of Thompson, confirmed the death to the News. Sheriff's officials did not return calls to The Associated Press late Sunday.

Juan Thompson found his father's body. Thompson's wife, Anita, was not home at the time.

Besides the 1972 drug-hazed classic about Thompson's visit to Las Vegas, he also wrote "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72." The central character in those wild, sprawling satires was "Dr. Thompson," a snarling, drug- and alcohol-crazed observer and participant.

Thompson is credited with pioneering New Journalism ? or, as he dubbed it, "gonzo journalism" ? in which the writer made himself an essential component of the story. Much of his earliest work appeared in Rolling Stone magazine.

"Fiction is based on reality unless you're a fairy-tale artist," Thompson told the AP in 2003. "You have to get your knowledge of life from somewhere. You have to know the material you're writing about before you alter it."

An acute observer of the decadence and depravity in American life, Thompson also wrote such collections "Generation of Swine" and "Songs of the Doomed." His first ever novel, "The Rum Diary," written in 1959, was first published in 1998.

Thompson was a counterculture icon at the height of the Watergate era, and Richard Nixon once said he represented "that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character."

Thompson also was the model for Gary Trudeau's balding "Uncle Duke" in the comic strip "Doonesbury" and was portrayed on screen by Johnny Depp (news) in a film adaptation of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

Other books include "The Great Shark Hunt," "Hell's Angels" and "The Proud Highway." His most recent effort was "Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness."

His compound in Woody Creek, not far from Aspen, was almost as legendary as Thompson. He prized peacocks and weapons; in 2000, he accidentally shot and slightly wounded his assistant, Deborah Fuller, trying to chase a bear off his property.

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May you go whever good people go when they die. He left one hell of a legacy.

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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: Redstorm]
    #3808819 - 02/21/05 12:27 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Sad thing, I've always enjoyed his work.


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: SmashedMe]
    #3808938 - 02/21/05 12:48 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

As have I.


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: dblaney]
    #3808962 - 02/21/05 12:53 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

All I want to know is why? He didnt seem depressed.


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: Maxx]
    #3809020 - 02/21/05 01:03 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I read the great shark hunt last year. His description of his usual 3 hour breakfast says more about that man that anything anyone ever could.

I don't have the book here, but I'll find it tuesday and post it. Unless someone else does.


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: Redstorm]
    #3809027 - 02/21/05 01:05 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I feel sick...


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: Alobar]
    #3809659 - 02/21/05 04:38 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

: tips a 40 out for HS thompson:


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: SneezingPenis]
    #3810136 - 02/21/05 10:48 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

"There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die."

May peace be upon the good doctor and the lovely Anita.

He will be missed terribly.

RD


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: Redstorm]
    #3810487 - 02/21/05 12:40 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

what a sad weird day
the rain seems too appropriate
perhaps he felt that despondancy after last years elections
he had predicted a landslide by kerry
it was one of those things that makes you loose faith in people
i have a hard time imagining such a resiliant person killing themselves, and i am anxious for details surrounding the events.
RIP THOMPSON


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: muse_sick]
    #3811005 - 02/21/05 02:56 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

:frown:


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: Blastrid]
    #3811708 - 02/21/05 05:38 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

boo, suicide


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: Zekebomb]
    #3812846 - 02/21/05 08:26 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

It's no surprise this happened...the guy was a fucking NUT.

But then again, who saw it coming?


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: Dragonaut]
    #3813266 - 02/21/05 09:45 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I don't know what to say. I have great respect for the man. I hope he found what he was looking for.


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: nonoman]
    #3813343 - 02/21/05 09:57 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Sad. Appropriate. Sometimes our demons get us eventually. I wish he knew how important his novels have been to me.

[Watching Dr. Gonzo leave.] There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

--Rauol Duke aka HST


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: Signo]
    #3813492 - 02/21/05 10:28 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

It's a sad, sad day...

It's kinda funny, the ol' lady and I just bought a movie poster of Fear and Loathing for the living room just last week...


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: Signo]
    #3813573 - 02/21/05 10:45 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

Signo said:
Sad. Appropriate. Sometimes our demons get us eventually. I wish he knew how important his novels have been to me.




not just his novels but his way of thought,
the exacting manner he could describe things,
the total rush of bile you get when you read him ripping on some politician.
HST wrote in a way that many imitate, but none match.
i am still deeply saddened and puzzled Thompson has been somewhat of a role model to me (in one way or another) for years
but then again maybe he was sick and didn't want to die slowly
i'm surprised we haven't heard details on a suicide note yet


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: muse_sick]
    #3813718 - 02/21/05 11:06 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

supposedly he was in a lot of pain from a broken leg and wasnt getting out as much as he used to


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: Redstorm]
    #3814369 - 02/22/05 12:41 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Can anyone send me a high res. scan of Hunter S. Thompson? I'm going to do a drawing of him. I have a Ralph Steadman book with a forward in it by Hunter. It has been a huge inspiration for me...along with the Fear and Loathing art, movie....and ummm...lifestyle.


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: MilkyMedia]
    #3816304 - 02/22/05 12:32 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

i'm quoting baby_hitler from news service thread;

'It doesn't say he committed suicide, it just says he shot himself.
Unless He left a suicide note or witnesses we may never know. '

good point


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Re: RIP Hunter S. Thompson [Re: butterflydawn]
    #3835380 - 02/26/05 01:36 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

He ate at Commander's Palace alot ten years ago when I worked there. He always ate two Praline Parfaits for dinner and then a bit of food for dessert.


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