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.

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    Maybe he was 65

    Edited by sam_spade at 08:42:34 21-02-2005
  • Dirtbox 21 Feb 2005 08:48:33 88,559 posts
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  • pjmaybe 21 Feb 2005 09:15:05 70,666 posts
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    Shot himself?

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

    Peej
  • 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 4,789 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 19,389 posts
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    Wonder if he was off his tits at the time...?
  • Mr_Sleep 21 Feb 2005 10:38:33 21,046 posts
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    Fucking Hell! My response a few moments ago, not that he's died so much as how he died.

    RIP
  • Whizzo 21 Feb 2005 10:41:52 44,730 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 88,559 posts
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  • 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 88,559 posts
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  • 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 88,559 posts
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  • 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!
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  • localnotail 10 Jan 2013 15:59:48 23,083 posts
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    http://i.imgur.com/ymMtr.jpg[/img]
  • smoothpete 10 Jan 2013 16:24:03 34,009 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 16,639 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 20,013 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 20,013 posts
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    He's in bat country now
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