“Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride” (2006)

hunter thompsonThe Starz network put together a really nice biography on Hunter S. Thompson this year. It wasn’t as much of a bio as a memorial, a remembrance. All of the people he worked with and knew, all the celebrities and personalities who’s lives he touched getting together on film to remember Hunter.

Everyone from Gary Busey to George McGovern was there. Reflecting on Thompson, his life, and his work. Including Johnny Depp and Bill Murray, both of whom played Thompson in feature films. […]

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Farewell Hunter

Farewell Hunter

by Ralph Steadman

Long-time friend Ralph Steadman is the satirical cartoonist who illustrated several of Hunter S. Thompson’s books, including “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” This remembrance originally appeared in the British newspaper The Independent.

“I would feel real trapped in this life if I didn’t know I could commit suicide at any time,” he told me many years ago, and I knew he meant it. It wasn’t a case of if but when. He didn’t reckon he would make it beyond 30, anyway, so he lived it all in the fast lane.

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After Thompson’s suicide, attorney saw clues

After Thompson’s suicide, attorney saw clues

By David Abel, Globe Staff | February 22, 2005

If one of Hunter S. Thompson’s last wishes comes true, the body of the late maverick journalist will be cremated this week and his ashes blasted from a cannon across his sprawling ranch in Woody Creek, Colo.

That will be the extent of Thompson’s funeral, as he told friends and family, said George Tobia Jr., a Boston-based entertainment lawyer who has represented the author for the past 15 years.

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Author Hunter S. Thompson Kills Himself

Author Hunter S. Thompson Kills Himself

By CATHERINE TSAI, Associated Press Writer

DENVER (AP) – 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.

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Hunter S. Thompson dead at 67

Sad but true. HST shot himself at his fortified compound in Woody Creek.

Thompson had a huge effect on me. Not that I espoused his abuse of chemicals and of his body. But his way of writing – using brutal imagery to underscore great insight in a way that no one would dare argue with the logic. During his prime he surely stomped the terra. The Gonzo ethic also rung true for my own work in technology – the sudden bursts of creativity, often at the last minute … a blinding explosion of activity. […]

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