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February 21, 2005

Hunter Stockton Thompson

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me"

Hunter S. Thompson, dead of apparent suicide. This is going to take some time for people to process. Rolling Stone is demonstrating old media time-lag and has yet to acknowledge Thompson's death and I expect we will see a tribute Doonesbury soon. In the meantime, here is news coverage from Aspen Daily News, Aspen Times, MTV, New York Post, Times of London, Spiegel, Reuters and Al Jazeera (wtf?). The Flea is now taking bets on how many minutes pass before this death is blamed on a) the current administration, b) multinational publishing conglomerates or c) global warming.

Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, who is a close personal friend of Thompson, confirmed the death. Thompson's son, Juan, discovered his body on Sunday evening. Thompson's wife, Anita Thompson, 32, was not at home when the shooting occurred.

"On Feb. 20, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colorado. The family will provide more information about memorial service and media contacts shortly. Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family," Juan and Anita Thompson said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News. "He stomped terra."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 21, 2005 10:31 AM

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Perhaps he was still upset about the election or the Super Bowl: "John Kerry will win big in November, and the Colts will finally win the Super Bowl. This is the year of the monkey, and George Bush will be lucky to get out of Washington without being put on trial for treason."

Posted by: beautifulatrocities [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 21, 2005 04:49 PM

Personally I would be upset at being portrayed on film by Johnny Depp. As a cigar-chomping bald dude with an "Uncle Duke" persona, one would hope for, at minimum, Michael Chiklis -- assuming Bruce Willis was not available.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 21, 2005 11:31 PM