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Writer Hunter S. Thompson dead at 67

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by The Dude, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. The Dude

    The Dude Elite Member

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    The Associated Press
    Updated: 11:45 p.m. ET Feb. 20, 2005

    ASPEN, Colo. - Hunter S. Thompson, the acerbic counterculture writer who popularized a new form of fictional journalism in books like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” fatally shot himself Sunday night at his home, his son said. He was 67.

    “Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family,” Juan Thompson said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News.

    Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, a personal friend of Thompson, confirmed the death to the News. Sheriff’s officials did not return calls to The Associated Press late Sunday.

    Juan Thompson found his father’s body. Thompson’s wife, Anita, was not home at the time.

    Besides the 1972 drug-hazed classic about Thompson’s time in Las Vegas, he is credited with pioneering New Journalism — or “gonzo journalism” — in which the writer made himself an essential component of the story.

    An acute observer of the decadence and depravity in American life, Thompson wrote such books as “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail” in 1973 and the collections “Generation of Swine” and “Songs of the Doomed.” His first ever novel, “The Rum Diary,” written in 1959, was first published in 1998.

    Other books include “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.”
     
  2. Æ°

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    This is really sad.

    I haven't heard of this until now and earlier today I watched 2 Hunter S. Thompson documentaries. Breakfast with HST and some older one called Fear and loathing on the road to Hollywood.

    What a strange coincidence, it fucking gave me chills.

    RIP
     
  3. villain

    villain Veteran Member

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    Hmm.... wtf.
    I just saw this.
    wtf.
    I don't understand.
    RIP
     
  4. haunts

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    daaaaamn.
    this is so fucked.

    rip
     
  5. saraday

    saraday Senior Member

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    i never post on this fourm.. but damn, this totally sucks.

    RIP.
     
  6. GOATWHORE

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    Hunter S. Thompson, the acerbic counterculture writer who popularized a new form of fictional journalism in books like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," fatally shot himself Sunday night at his Aspen-area home, his son said. He was 67.


    "Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family," Juan Thompson said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News.


    Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, a personal friend of Thompson, confirmed the death to the News. Sheriff's officials did not return calls to The Associated Press late Sunday.


    Juan Thompson found his father's body. Thompson's wife, Anita, was not home at the time.


    Besides the 1972 drug-hazed 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 with pioneering New Journalism _ or, as he dubbed it, "gonzo journalism" _ in which the writer made himself an essential component of the story. Much of his earliest work appeared in Rolling Stone magazine.


    "Fiction is based on reality unless you're a fairy-tale artist," Thompson told the AP 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."


    An acute observer of the decadence and depravity in American life, Thompson also wrote such collections "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 Richard Nixon once said he represented "that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character."


    Thompson also was the model for Gary 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."


    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."


    His 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, Deborah Fuller, trying to chase a bear off his property.

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  7. Æ°

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  8. saraday

    saraday Senior Member

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    what's really ironic is:

    A- I'm currently reading The Rum Diary

    B- Oddly enough, Hunter S. Thompson was at Zoolu Allstars (a raver party) with Johnny Knoxville druing mardi gras this year (i believe it was about a week ago)

    sad sad sad.
     
  9. villain

    villain Veteran Member

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    On "What do ya Know" on NPR yesterday one of the questions was a quote from Hunter S. Thompson.
    ......
     
  10. Poop Man Bob

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  13. Intangible

    Intangible 12oz Legend

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    didnt see the other thread.
     
  14. Intangible

    Intangible 12oz Legend

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  15. Smart

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    love forever

    RIP my Uncle Doc.
     
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