View Full Version : RIP: Hunter S. Thompson

02 February 2005, 03:43 PM

DENVER -- 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.

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.

For some of us, a source of inspiration, or at least creativity. :)

02 February 2005, 03:49 PM
The guy was a legend and a genius in his own right.

I hope this will atleast spark more movies being made with his characters. Fear and Loathing was perfect. Hopefully Benicio DelTorro's Rum Diaries is made soon.

02 February 2005, 04:24 PM
Ever see Where the Buffalo Roam with Bill Murray playing Hunter. It was early 80's. Funny stuff.

02 February 2005, 04:37 PM
A legend.

The opening chapter of Fear & Loathing will be etched on my subconscious forever. :buttrock:

02 February 2005, 05:02 PM
Wow. One of the best weeks I've had was when I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in the summer. I drug it out as long as I could and hardly worked at all that week.

02 February 2005, 05:21 PM
Man this stinks. I got an instant headache when I heard. Makes me feel like crap. Not the way I would of figured with him.

02 February 2005, 07:27 PM
I'm glad I got to read most of his books knowing he was alive. It was fun reading his stories knowing that while I was reading about his adventures, he was probably sitting on his Ranch in Aspen, smoking pot, and bitter about the Bush's.

That guy lived enough stories for 30 men.
Wish he actually became the sherriff of Aspen. :p


02 February 2005, 07:48 PM
RIP, Mr. Thompson
An old man, who chose his own way to go. Can't say I blame him for that.

02 February 2005, 08:25 PM
I'm very shocked and confused, he never seemed like the suicidal type to me crazy and flamboyant but not suicidal.

Aegis Prime
02 February 2005, 08:43 PM
A sad, sad day - HST was a crazy sonuvabitch but the world was a better place for it...


Dr Dardis
02 February 2005, 05:57 AM
I am going to go play some some shotgun golf with my brother to celebrate his life :)

poor old crazy dude... Its nice to know that people like him are around, and sad when they are not.

the Doc.

02 February 2005, 08:53 AM
The Horror, The Horror......................

02 February 2005, 01:58 PM
That is sad news indeed...although I HAVE to believe that he killed himself in the same spirit in which he lived: ruthless honesty rather than self-pity.

02 February 2005, 06:41 PM
I'll miss Hunter Thompson..I read his all of his books...he influenced me and influences me to this day...and I am shcoked and saddened by his passing...he was truly one of those people who made you feel better knowing he was around -the square peg in the round hole as it were..

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