February 20, 2005

Crap - Hunter S. Thompson dead by his own hand

I didn't always agree with his political views but that man could write. From the Denver Post
Hunter Thompson commits suicide
"Fear and Loathing" author dead at 67 Hunter S. Thompson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Woody Creek on Sunday night. He was 67. Regarded as one of the most legendary writers of the 20th century, Thompson is best known for the 1972 classic "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." He is also credited with pioneering gonzo journalism - a style of writing that breaks tradition rules of news reporting and is purposefully slanted. Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, who is a close personal friend of Thompson, confirmed the death. His son, Juan, found him Sunday evening.
His buddy Spalding Gray killed himself last March. Obituary here, article on his disappearance here. Both men are missed -- both intelligent prolific writers and people who gave themselves to their public... Mike King at Ramblings Journal is carrying the news as well. A very belated and apologetic Hat Tip to him -- I read about this first there and was swept up in finding other references that I forgot to credit him the first time around. Posted by DaveH at February 20, 2005 8:49 PM | TrackBack