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February 20, 2005

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Zap

I fell asleep last night trying to think of something to say while trying to find a worthy excerpt. I think the last two chapters of Hell's Angels pretty much said everything he never stopped trying to tell us. Like so many military warriors he grew bitter over time because the wars haven't been won. It's just the human condition. Which, of course, is the thing he described in a style not enough people took the time to understand. I'm not surprised he took his life. I wish he didn't. It will be argumentative fuel for those who never understood the message of gonzo journalism. I wonder if he saw the dam in the river?

Torrid

That's why I liked the piece I cited. He almost sounds...hopeful. And if HST can be optimistic, anything's possible.

swatter

I just can't see celebrting the life of someone who committed suicide. Kinda takes away from everyhting, doesn't it?

Carla

I've been wondering since I heard the news if perhaps Thompson had a terminal illness.

It seems antithetical to his personality to kill himself due to depression or psychosis. It does seem very in character to do so as to not waste away fighting some dreadful disease.

Zap

Carla, that's more sensible than what I've been wondering. I was... ya know... thinking about Gary Webb and some of the work he had on the table before he was suidided.

swatter

Just got this article off the net-

http://start.earthlink.net/article/nat?guid=20050224/421d5f50_3421_1334520050224-427492939

apparently, Thompson hated life. His kids said he would take the easy way out and, after all, he had a broken leg and recent hip replacement. Plenty of reason to commit suidide. No?

I remember growing up in that era and we all thought we wouldn't live to be 30 because we lived with the threat of nuclear war over our heads. He apparently was of that ilk, too.

swatter

In case the link doesn't show- here is a cut and paste.

Thompson Spoke of Suicide, Family Says
February 24, 2005 11:29 AM EST

ASPEN, Colo. - Journalist Hunter S. Thompson discussed committing suicide at least 10 years before he took his life, his family said.

Thompson's son and daughter-in-law, Juan Thompson and Jennifer Winkel Thompson, said that the 67-year-old "gonzo journalist" had outlived his own expectations.

"I've known for many, many years that this is how Hunter would go," Juan Thompson told the Rocky Mountain News in Thursday's editions. "It was just a question of when. This was a big surprise and I didn't expect it to be now, but the means was exactly as we expected."

Thompson shot himself in his Aspen-area home Sunday. His son, daughter-in-law and 6-year-old grandson were visiting from Denver and in the house. His wife of two years, Anita, was at a health club.

When Thompson fired his .45-caliber handgun, Juan Thompson thought a book had fallen.

"When I found him, he was in his chair, his head was slumped forward," Juan Thompson said. "It looked like he had fallen asleep."

Juan Thompson said his father had suffered weeks of pain from a host of physical problems that included a broken leg and a hip replacement.

"I think maybe he wanted to go out before it stopped being fun," Juan Thompson said.

Hunter Thompson was cremated Tuesday in Glenwood Springs. A private memorial service will be held March 5 in Aspen, with a public commemoration planned for spring or summer.

Thompson's family is looking into firing his ashes from a cannon, as he had wanted. Juan Thompson said the idea was fitting.

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