Hunter S. Thompson...Dead at 67

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  1. SteveLa

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    Just heard a breaking news story that the celebrated author is dead at 67. The story said his son reported his father had shot himself to death. [​IMG]
     
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    shocking. RIP.

    CJ
     
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    What a tragic end. He was one of the great Americans of our time.

    "Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits, a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo cage."
    - Hunter S. Thompson

    Defiant, anarchic and poetic, Dr Gonzo will never be forgotten. His frustration at Modern Life is our frustration, also.
     
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    Hard to believe, but I had just watched the Criterion version of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" just last night, and after I finished watching it, I listened to maybe 20 minutes or so of the third commentary which featured him and producer Laila Nabulsi and found it to be insightful and simply hilarious The entire DVD itself is superb and I'm grateful they featured a number of material on it about H.S. Thompson.

    He will certainly be missed
     
  6. Seth Paxton

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    Gonzo to the end it would seem. I'm also glad that the Fear and Loathing disc got done before this so it was able to include so much with and about him.

    Between his writing and his legend portrayed on screen he will certanly live on and continue to inspire other free thinkers.
     
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    This is a bad week for celebrity deaths. Dan O'Herlihy, Sandra Dee, John Raitt and now Hunter S. Thompson.

    I may not have always agreed with the man, but damn if he wasn't an entertaining writer.

    Pour some Jack on the ground and light up a smoke...The King of Gonzo is dead. Long live the King.

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    So who's gonna Wang Chung with the Grim Reaper next?
     
  8. Gary->dee

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    Not really. For someone that used a lot of drugs it was sort of inevitable IMHO.

    RIP
     
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    Believe it or not, there ARE people out there that can "hold their liquor" when it comes to elicit substances. Not everybody who smokes dope (or does acid, or...) kills themself.

    RIP HST
     
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    Just horrifying news.

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  11. Gary->dee

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    Obviously and likewise there are people that have never touched any form of drug or alcohol and are suicidal. But I'm not discussing them, I'm referring to the now deceased Hunter S. Thompson; the man who smoked dope, did acid and an encyclopedia of other drugs.

    I'm approaching his death from the standpoint of a person who also did drugs and has been clean for 4 months. I'm looking at what could have been and hopefully will not be. So in that regard Hunter's death by his own hand is not shocking to me.
     
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    Me too! I'm very sad.....

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    yes.
    hopefully impressionable children and youths will get the message from this- no matter how 'brilliant' you are, you mess with the drugs and the odds are you won't live to see your 70s.

    i dunno.
    the guy seemed as nutty as monkey turd, but i always figured he was crazy like a fox and that was mostly schtick.
    but it either wasn't or else there was something more to the story. maybe he found out he had an incurable, debilitating disease.
    on the one hand, being raised Catholic, suicide has been drummed into me as the ultimate no-no and in that light i have to view what he did as the ultimate f*%# up.
    no turning back now, you dope.
    you just left a big mess for everybody else to clean up.
    on the other hand, maybe i'm just a big weenie.


    but i don't know the full story
    and probably won't for a while yet.
     
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    That funeral is going to be a circus......
     
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    Ironically, I had just read a column by him on ESPN.com last week. Thompson had supposedly called Bill Murray in the middle of the night with a new game he had invented called "Shotgun Golf". It was quite funny, I'm sure that you can still find it on ESPN with a quick search.

    Truly sad, but certainly not shocking news.

    It's time to finally watch that Criterion "Fear & Loathing" that's been sitting on my shelf calling my name.
     
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    I was introduced to HST in the early 80s by reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I couldn't stop talking about this guy and got many of my college friends to read him. He was a great writer and I couldn't get enough of him. I ended up reading The Great Shark Hunt, Hells Angels, A Generation of Swine, and others. I also enjoyed reading his column on ESPN.com Page 2. This news is shocking to me. While he definitely lived life on the edge, his suicide comes as a huge shock. My wife, knowing how much I enjoyed reading him, called me during my commute to work to give me the news. This is a very depressing day for me, but as HST said, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

    RIP,

    Jeff
     
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    To me, it almost seems a fitting end for someone like him. I'm not saying this to be mean or snide, but the man WAS the epitimy of Gonzo, and maybe he thought it was time to close the book on someone who had Billy Murray and Johnny Depp portray him on film, was idolized by many, and lived life WAY out there! I'm going to dig out my copy of The Great Shark Hunt and remember that we'll always have his words...
    RIP, Dr. Gonzo.
     
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    I stopped into Tower last night and happened to see a copy of, "Where the Buffalo Roams" and picked it up. Later when we heard the news it sort of made sense.
    Thanks Hunter for the suggestion.
    As my wife & myself toasted his life (sorry HST, JW Black stood in for Wild Turkey) the only words I could mutter was, "where's the ether when you need it"?

    Sadness prevails.

    Back in the mid 80s he was the Night Manager at the Mitchell Bros Theater and he wrote for the Examiner on Mondays. I would ride my Lambretta down to the Tenderloin in the middle of the night hoping to catch him one on one.
    He was a hard man to pin down and I never did but I will miss him dearly


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