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Hunter S. Thompson Dead.

"ASPEN, Colo. Hunter S. Thompson, the acerbic counterculture writer who popularized a new form of 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.

Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, a personal friend of Thompson, confirmed the death to the News. Sheriff's officials did not return calls to The Associated Press late Sunday."

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(The irony is that I just linked his sydnicated ESPN column through livejournal, thinking I might give it another go. Shit, huh? I fucking adored Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.)

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ironed_orchid
Feb. 21st, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
Wow. Am a bit taken aback by the news.
benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2005 05:58 am (UTC)
yeah, it's pretty wild, huh? i don't know why it's taken me a bit back--he hadn't written anything of worth for so long, imo. still, there's something about him there, going out like hemingway. (well, on the surface. figure we'll find out more later.)
studebakerhawk
Feb. 21st, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
...i fucking love Hunter S. Thompson. I hate it when a great voice dies. We lost two this week.
benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2005 11:23 am (UTC)
who else you talking about? sandra dee?
studebakerhawk
Feb. 22nd, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
Well her too, but didn't Arthur Miller die within the last seven days?
benpeek
Feb. 22nd, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
was it only seven days? jesus. i just start the week at sunday. everything kicks back to phase one, you know?
bodhichitta0
Feb. 21st, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
I just put the link up myself before I hit my friends' list. *sigh*
benpeek
Feb. 21st, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
and now it's all over livejournal, and you think, 'man, that bastard. look at all this shit i have to read. fucker.'

:)
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