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Old February 20th, 2005, 11:01 PM   #1
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Hunter S. Thompson dead by suicide

Writer Hunter S. Thompson dead at 67
Son says counterculture writer shot himself
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 home, his son said. He was 67.
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Old February 21st, 2005, 12:18 AM   #2
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Old February 21st, 2005, 01:04 AM   #3
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Angry waters run deep, too, I guess. Guy was full of rage, and often right about this country. I was always proud that Nixon was scared of what Thompson represented.
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Old February 21st, 2005, 08:35 AM   #4
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Sad times, although I can't say it's the most surprising news. I wonder if he left a note?
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Old February 21st, 2005, 08:52 AM   #5
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Wonder if Trudeau will reference this, since "Uncle Duke" is pretty much patterned off him.

"Fear and Loathing" one of my favorites.
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Old February 21st, 2005, 09:43 AM   #6
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Are we sure it was a suicide? He made a lot of people angry.
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Old February 21st, 2005, 10:32 AM   #7
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He was suffering from some medical condition I don't remember. He wrote about being in pain all the time.
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Old February 21st, 2005, 10:57 AM   #8
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Well, this certainly makes it possible to do another remake of "Fear and Loathing" someday. In 5 years we'll see the new hot star (like J. Depp was) do a new version....and the ending will much more Hunter like. He planned this I'm sure....he knew what he was doing. Gun shot? He could have O.D'ed and would have been less cinematic. Heck, I admire someone that goes out with a laugh...I'm sure he did.

Although, if his wife came home and didn't know...that actually sucks and he's a loser for doing that to her. I'm not sure about the circumstances, so I guess I shouldn't assume.

Bottom line - "Fear and Loathing" is a GREAT film. Kudos Hunter!
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Old February 21st, 2005, 11:12 AM   #9
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I don't have my dogeared copy of "Fear and Loathing" with me at the moment, but I seem to remember a passage in there where Hunter described how he'd want to take himself out, something about driving a convertible off a cliff...perhaps someone can quote it.

I heard him speak a few times when he was touring colleges in the 80's. Sometimes he was more coherent than others, but always a fun presence and I've enjoyed his writing a lot over the years. I'm sorry to see him go.
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Old February 21st, 2005, 11:22 AM   #10
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"Old elephants limp off to the hills to die; old Americans go out to the highway and drive themselves to death with huge cars." -- HST
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Old February 21st, 2005, 11:31 AM   #11
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Faint shades of Hemingway, who also left a corpse for his wife to find.
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Old February 21st, 2005, 11:31 AM   #12
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Looks like The Rum Diary is in production currently, and with quite a cast...

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0376136/
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Old February 21st, 2005, 08:51 PM   #13
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In his honor, I have added two HST quotes to the DV Info randomizer list (one random quote from a variety of sources appears at the bottom of every content page on DV Info Net). These are:

A word to the wise is infuriating.

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Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.

I also wanted to use this one, but it's a bit too long for the context of the quote generator:

The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.

He also said I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me.

Sad news... he was definitely one of a kind.
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Old February 21st, 2005, 09:23 PM   #14
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How about: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro".
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Old February 21st, 2005, 09:34 PM   #15
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i'm not familar with this writer. i know the film fear&loathing but i didn't particularly get the writer. it's kinda strange cause i get writers like chuck palahniuk but i don't HST. can anyone tell me what other works besides f&l and rum adaptation he has done and what makes him so great?
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