Hunter S. Thompson

thompson1July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005

Hunter Stockton Thompson was a writer and journalist, sure. But, let’s not pretend like he was your average, run-of-the-mill cub reporter. Thompson rose to the public eye after spending a year living and traveling with the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gangs. He wrote about the experience and launched what he would refer to from that point on as “Gonzo” journalism. That is, not just reporting the story, but becoming a part of the story. He went on to write his greatest works in this manner. Most notably in his most popular book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. Thompson was notoriously anti-establishment. He loved guns. He loved illicit drugs. He loved dabbling in insanity whenever possible. After dealing with some significant health issues, Thompson committed suicide at his ranch in Colorado. His last wishes were, well…apropos.

Burial

Cremated – Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes were fired out of a cannon from atop a 150 ft. tall statue of a fist over his ranch. With fireworks. I mean, if you gotta go out…

thompson2

Seriously.

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