Hunter S. Thompson 1937--2005 - CelebDeaths
Feb. 20th, 2005
11:52 pm - Hunter S. Thompson 1937--2005
Writer Hunter S. Thompson was found dead today at his home/compound in Aspen, Colorado, and, as the news always says, it was apparently a suicide; he shot and killed himself. Thompson is most famous for pioneering the new style of journalism with he called "gonzo journalism," in which the writer is an integral part of the story he writes. He gained fame writing for Rolling Stone magazine, where one of his most famous works, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, about a drug-drenched weekend in Vegas, was published. He also wrote Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, which detailed the election of Richard Nixon. His first and only novel, The Rum Diary, was published in 1998, and was based on his experiences as a journalist in Puerto Rico.
Thompson designed a memorial to himself to be built on his ranch after his death-- a statue of a fist with two thumbs, which was to him the symbol of ultimate strength. He was a crazy drug addict, pretty weird and insane, and an amazing, pioneering writer. The world is a lot less freaky and interesting without him.
Note: Hunter S. Thompson is one of my author-heroes. I heard this on the radio about ten minutes ago and then rushed down here to type this up. It feels so weird. He's a doctor of fucking journalism! He fought the swine! I'm sad.