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Hunter S. Thompson Commits Suicide

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by mosesburb, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. mosesburb

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    Man, I never figured he would have gone that way. I thought being beaten to death by the Hell's Angels or a drug induced coma would have been much more likely.

    Your enlightning here is done. May you Rest In Peace (watch out for the bats).

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    sorry man this may be a really dumb question, but who is that?
     
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    Inventor of Gonzo Reporting. I agree, never saw him as suicide. Strange days.
     
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    Try this: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=3&u=/ap/20050221/ap_on_re_us/obit_thompson_30




    ASPEN, Colo. - Hunter S. Thompson, the hard-living writer who inserted himself into his accounts of America's underbelly and popularized a first-person form of journalism in books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," has committed suicide.

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    Thompson was found dead Sunday in his Aspen-area home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, sheriff's officials said. He was 67. Thompson's wife, Anita, had gone out before the shooting and was not home at the time.



    Besides the 1972 classic about Thompson's visit to Las Vegas, he also wrote "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72." The central character in those wild, sprawling satires was "Dr. Thompson," a snarling, drug- and alcohol-crazed observer and participant.



    Thompson is credited alongside Tom Wolfe and Gay Talese with helping pioneer New Journalism — or, as he dubbed it, "gonzo journalism" — in which the writer made himself an essential component of the story.



    Thompson, whose early writings mostly appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, often portrayed himself as wildly intoxicated as he reported on such historic figures as Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton (news - web sites).



    "Fiction is based on reality unless you're a fairy-tale artist," Thompson told The Associated Press in 2003. "You have to get your knowledge of life from somewhere. You have to know the material you're writing about before you alter it."



    Thompson also wrote such collections as "Generation of Swine" and "Songs of the Doomed." His first ever novel, "The Rum Diary," written in 1959, was first published in 1998.



    Thompson was a counterculture icon at the height of the Watergate era, and once said Richard Nixon represented "that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character."



    Thompson also was the model for Garry Trudeau's balding "Uncle Duke" in the comic strip "Doonesbury" and was portrayed on screen by Johnny Depp in a film adaptation of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."



    That book, perhaps Thompson's most famous, begins: "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold."



    Other books include "The Great Shark Hunt," "Hell's Angels" and "The Proud Highway." His most recent effort was "Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness."



    "He may have died relatively young but he made up for it in quality if not quantity of years," Paul Krassner, the veteran radical journalist and one of Thompson's former editors, told The Associated Press by phone from his Southern California home.



    "It was hard to say sometimes whether he was being provocative for its own sake or if he was just being drunk and stoned and irresponsible," quipped Krassner, founder of the leftist publication The Realist and co-founder of the Youth International (YIPPIE) party.



    "But every editor that I know, myself included, was willing to accept a certain prima donna journalism in the demands he would make to cover a particular story," he said. "They were willing to risk all of his irresponsible behavior in order to share his talent with their readers."



    The writer's compound in Woody Creek, not far from Aspen, was almost as legendary as Thompson. He prized peacocks and weapons; in 2000, he accidentally shot and slightly wounded his assistant trying to chase a bear off his property.



    He also is survived by his son, Juan Thompson.



    Born July 18, 1937, in Kentucky, Hunter Stocton Thompson served two years in the Air Force, where he was a newspaper sports editor. He later became a proud member of the National Rifle Association and almost was elected sheriff in Aspen in 1970 under the Freak Power Party banner.







    Thompson's heyday came in the 1970s, when his larger-than-life persona was gobbled up by magazines. His pieces were of legendary length and so was his appetite for adventure and trouble; his purported fights with Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner were rumored in many cases to hinge on expense accounts for stories that didn't materialize.

    It was the content that raised eyebrows and tempers. His book on the 1972 presidential campaign involving, among others, Edmund Muskie, Hubert Humphrey and Nixon was famous for its scathing opinion.

    Working for Muskie, Thompson wrote, "was something like being locked in a rolling box car with a vicious 200-pound water rat." Nixon and his "Barbie doll" family were "America's answer to the monstrous Mr. Hyde. He speaks for the werewolf in us."

    Humphrey? Of him, Thompson wrote: "There is no way to grasp what a shallow, contemptible and hopelessly dishonest old hack Hubert Humphrey is until you've followed him around for a while."

    The approach won him praise among the masses as well as critical acclaim. Writing in The New York Times in 1973, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt worried Thompson might someday "lapse into good taste." "That would be a shame, for while he doesn't see America as Grandma Moses depicted it, or the way they painted it for us in civics class, he does in his own mad way betray a profound democratic concern for the polity," he wrote. "And in its own mad way, it's damned refreshing."

     
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    looking at who he was (just hurd of him) i would still atribute his death to drugs and alcohol
     
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    "we had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... also a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls... but the only thing that worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge..."


    Hunter is probably at the Pearly Gates right now trying to convince St. Peter that he's NOT trying to get into Heaven on merit, but because he absolutely must find his lawyer because there has been a terrible mistake.:D

    Even as a fairly staunch conservative, I always found Hunter to be a gifted story-teller and one of those people that could make anything interesting. The writing world has suffered an immeasurable loss.
     
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    Everyone must go watch "Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas", get drunk on some booze and smoke a cigarette for him.:( Or at least just watch the movie.
     
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    :D :D :D Raoul Duke and his fat Samoan lawyer. Classic.


    This one is rather fitting:
    There he goes, one of God's own prototypes. A high powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die."
     
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    I have the movie on DVD. Probley watch it again later this evening.
     
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    that really sucks! R.I.P. hunter hope you will find peace.
     
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    Looks to me like the guy was a booze hound and a drug addict, too bad he died, but when you do that stuff to yourself, it kinda makes you lose any interest in the topic.
     
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    "If there is, in fact, a Heaven and a Hell, all we know for sure is that Hell will be a viciously overcrowded version of Phoenix..."
     
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    ROFLMAO !! Good one! Hunter Thompson was from Louisville and I use to hang out at some of the places he did when he was younger.

    Skip the movies - READ his books!!! You'll get a better appreciation for the man.
     
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    I have his book about the Hells Angels. An Excellant book by Hunter
     
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    "Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail" was the first one I read back in the 70's. Since I had just lived through Watergate and the Nixon campaign, it was a real eye opener.
     
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    True for most things
     

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