RIP, Hunter S Thompson

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  • sam_spade 21 Feb 2005 08:40:55 15,744 posts
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    The father of 'Gonzo' journalism shot himself last night at the age of 67.

    Rest in peace, dude.


    Maybe he was 65

    Edited by sam_spade at 08:42:34 21-02-2005
  • Dirtbox 21 Feb 2005 08:48:33 88,227 posts
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    In his own words:

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

  • pjmaybe 21 Feb 2005 09:15:05 70,666 posts
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    Shot himself?

    Jaysus...who'd have thunk it ay?

  • Deleted user 21 February 2005 09:31:48
    IIRC, there was quite a lot of guns shown on his home videos on Criterion's "Fear and Loathing" double DVD...
  • sam_spade 21 Feb 2005 09:38:19 15,744 posts
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    Hunter invented Shotgun Golf
  • Blerk Moderator 21 Feb 2005 09:40:53 48,227 posts
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    How... bizarre.

    And while we're on the subject of guns, don't forget:
    Bowling for Columbine is on Channel 4 tonight.
  • Nasty 21 Feb 2005 09:42:45 4,786 posts
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    Never read his books or seen his films but I did like the wee thing he wrote about Bush before last years election.

    Edit:Found it

    "treacherous little freak" hehe

    Edited by Nasty at 13:11:58 21-02-2005
  • warlockuk 21 Feb 2005 09:53:08 19,382 posts
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    Wonder if he was off his tits at the time...?
  • Mr_Sleep 21 Feb 2005 10:38:33 20,750 posts
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    Fucking Hell! My response a few moments ago, not that he's died so much as how he died.

  • Whizzo 21 Feb 2005 10:41:52 44,729 posts
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    Hmm not sure what to think really, he'll be greatly missed and I didn't expect him to suicide.

    /raises glass of something to the memory of Hunter, you silly sod.
  • Dirtbox 21 Feb 2005 11:31:17 88,227 posts
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    Afaik, he spent the last 12 years sat on the porch of his shack out in the desert shooting wildlife.

    Worthwhile stuff.
  • bloke 21 Feb 2005 13:02:45 1,490 posts
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    Nasty wrote:
    Never read his books or seen his films but I did like the wee thing he wrote about Bush before last years election.

    Do read "Fear & loathing in Las Vegas" and you'll get the idea of what all the fuss was about.

    Re his suicide - it was the Bush second term wot dun it, surely?
  • sheepfish 21 Feb 2005 20:11:38 1,168 posts
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    A sad loss.

    Not really surprising to be honest, I've been waiting for this news for a while now. He was clearly fading fast.

    He was one of the great figures of American literature in the late 20th century. A sad day indeed.

    So many of his contemporaries lived fast and died young, then became immortalised for it. I'm not surprised he chose to end it like this. To achieve immortality you must first lead a life worth remembering, but an interesting death also helps, as I'm sure he was aware.

    Hunter S. Thompson, didn't live in peace and with his legacy, he won't rest in it either. A great man.
  • Deleted user 21 February 2005 20:44:11
    I heard about this is college today, was surprised it was a suicide.

    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."
  • Dirtbox 3 Apr 2005 13:03:04 88,227 posts
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    A quick heads up for anyone who's a member of UKNova, an old episode of Omnibus has risen from the depths called Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood.

    Before watching this, I hadn't seen Thompson being himself, infact Depp's heavily caricatured version is the only one I knew. Well, I was happy to find out that he's pretty much exactly like that, the walk, the mannerisms, the way he talks...

    He's at first portrayed to be a drunken, violent, drug addict with little grasp on what is going on, but it apparently couldn't be further from the truth. He's intelligent and lucid and quite funny, if you can put aside the blatant drink-driving. A fascinating, if disjointed and slightly weird sojourn into the mind of a genius.

    The episode also has Ralph Steadman and a young Bill Murray.
  • sam_spade 3 Apr 2005 13:34:21 15,744 posts
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    I read this excellent story about a journalist going up to see him at his Ranch. The guy was driving up through the forest and then had to get out and walk the rest of the way. As he got out of the car he heard this pfft! sound, he looked around and couldn't see anything. Then he heard another pfft! closer to him. He looked up at the ranch and Thompson was standing of the roof with a sniper rifle. The journalist runs back to the car and starts it. He hears another crack beside him, he spins the car around and races down the drive. While he is driving he hears a Booom! behind him. Looking in the rearview mirror he sees smoke, the remanants of a tree and Hunter stood legs astride with a grenade launcher on his shoulder.
  • Dirtbox 3 Apr 2005 16:16:28 88,227 posts
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    Thats brilliant!

    Watching this documentary, you could actually believe it of him. The police in the area are scared of him and let him do pretty much whatever he likes (including openly drinking beer at the wheel). Now I see why.
  • Deleted user 21 August 2005 18:13:21
    Update: his last wish came true, that is having his ashes shot from a self designed cannon at his ranch in Colorado. The 250 friends witnessed his ashes being mixed with gun poweder then blown out of a 40m high cannon with his trademark fist with two thumbs logo on it. Depp and Sean Penn was there.

    Cool wish I must say, the guy was pretty much obsessed with blowing things up anyway.
  • Teeth 21 Aug 2005 23:20:36 7,987 posts
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    lol - I'm such a fucking sucker. I'd forgotten he'd died, just started telling people he'd shot himself!
  • Teeth 21 Aug 2005 23:46:20 7,987 posts
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  • Dirtbox 22 Aug 2005 01:02:13 88,227 posts
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    Quoted from some local news site:

    Thompson's only son, Juan Thompson, stresses the respectful tone he wants to strike, but acknowledges that his father's funeral wishes were unusual. Based on Hunter Thompson's comments in a 1978 BBC documentary, fireworks launchers will arc his ashes from a 153-foot structure capped by a double-thumbed, red Fiberglas fist.

    The ashes wrapped in brown craft paper - similar to a supermarket bag but smoother - are set to fly at sunset, according to Marcy Zambelli, spokeswoman for the prominent fireworks company that bears her family name and will handle the display.

    Zambelli said the fireworks will explode 300 feet in the air with a white flourish before Thompson's ashes fall to rest on the rustic property he called a "psychic anchor."

    A fire ban that would have scuttled pyrotechnics was lifted last week because of wet weather, said Pitkin County Sheriff's Director of Investigations Joe DiSalvo. But he still expected a firetruck to be on hand.

    Thompson's ashes equaled the size of a basketball when widow Anita Thompson delivered them to the fireworks company Aug. 9, said Zambelli. The ashes are expected to return to Thompson's home in their new form - depending on such worldly factors as traffic - by Friday.

    Thompson, who some consider one of literature's most influential writers, killed himself with a gun blast in the head on Feb. 20 at his home. He was 67.

    An unusual scene will greet Thompson's ashes upon arrival at Woody Creek.

    In addition to the "fist cannon," workers are constructing a bar to comfortably accommodate up to 400, said Moseley, a senior associate with the Denver consulting firm -GBSM.

    The wooden bar will have chandeliers, Thompson memorabilia, and a "lounge atmosphere."

    "Think of Hunter's favorite place where he would love to entertain all his very best friends," Moseley added.

    Actor Johnny Depp, a friend of Thompson's who portrayed the writer in a film, is footing the estimated $2 million cost of the send-off.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 01:03:53 22-08-2005
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  • smoothpete 10 Jan 2013 16:24:03 33,811 posts
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    How can he eat so much food after so much coke? What a legend.
  • DaM 10 Jan 2013 16:29:57 16,449 posts
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    The Government should designate 21st Feb Hunter S Thompson Day, and everyone should follow this. It would be great for business, Tesco could sponsor it.
  • Deleted user 10 January 2013 16:33:47
    The man is a legend.
  • neilka 10 Jan 2013 16:45:50 19,705 posts
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    Heineken?! The fiend.
  • kickerconspiracy 10 Jan 2013 16:47:58 494 posts
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    Is he still dead?
  • neilka 10 Jan 2013 16:51:44 19,705 posts
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    He's in bat country now
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