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Hunter S Thompson killed himself

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ThomCat Mon 21-Feb-05 22:18:08

snafu Mon 21-Feb-05 22:18:51

I thought I heard something about this today. Thought I was hearing things.

JanH Mon 21-Feb-05 22:19:25

Link here .

lilsmum Mon 21-Feb-05 22:20:14

sorry, i am really thick...who is hunter s thompson?

NotQuiteCockney Mon 21-Feb-05 22:21:15

He's a famous-ish American writer. I'm a bit upset about this, actually, I was a fan.

ThomCat Mon 21-Feb-05 22:21:20

He wrote Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.

ThomCat Mon 21-Feb-05 22:21:53

I wonder why he shot himself, how terribly sad

SenoraPostrophe Mon 21-Feb-05 22:22:41

blimey. actually I didn't know he was still alive.

JanH Mon 21-Feb-05 22:23:17

<<Chronicle Executive Vice President and Editor Phil Bronstein spent a few nights last summer with Thompson and his wife in Colorado. He said that Thompson was recovering from spinal surgery and a broken leg from a fall but that there were no signs that the eccentric Thompson was depressed>>


Twiglett Mon 21-Feb-05 22:27:38

you can't really be shocked at that news can you?

expatinscotland Mon 21-Feb-05 22:27:54

No big shocker there.

JanH Mon 21-Feb-05 22:29:01

He was only 67 - looks about 80 in those pics - must have had a very hard life

brinkley Mon 21-Feb-05 22:31:12

R.I.P. Hunter

NotQuiteCockney Mon 21-Feb-05 22:31:27

Yeah, I'd say the question is why now, and not before?

I loved (some of) his writing, but he was a bit of a nutjob with some interesting drug habits, who liked guns.

For those who don't know him, the Duke character on Doonesbury is loosely based on him.

NotQuiteCockney Mon 21-Feb-05 22:33:11

Oh, he was really cute when young. here .

ThomCat Mon 21-Feb-05 23:28:19

I'm not overly shocked, but yeah I'm a bit 'OMG'. Someone just shot themselves dead, i'm not gonna say 'ohhh, really, yeah thought he might do that'!

Still sad news whether you're shocked or not right?

lou33 Mon 21-Feb-05 23:49:46

Mirage Tue 22-Feb-05 13:01:25

I liked his writing & will miss him,but can't say I'm shocked.I couldn't imagine him as an old,decrepid man somehow.

piffle Tue 22-Feb-05 13:08:30

I was yelling at radio 2 earlier, ken bruce had copy of the Indie and was asking why is an american authors death on the entire front page of a daily - (to my mind sure beats putting Dubya on the front page )
Go buy the Sun then you twit!!!!!

suzywong Tue 22-Feb-05 13:10:02

I wonder if my special boyfriend Johnny Depp will be going to the memorial (god I'm shallow)

NomDePlume Tue 22-Feb-05 13:10:29

"I loved (some of) his writing, but he was a bit of a nutjob with some interesting drug habits, who liked guns." NotQuiteCockney summed it all up for me

Jimjams Tue 22-Feb-05 20:18:37

I'll always remember my friend's comment after reading fear and loathing "you can't help thinking that if only he didn't take quite so many drugs things would be a bit easier".

RIP Hunter. (am i the only person who found fear and loathing boring, perhaps I'll read again out of respect).

happymerryberries Tue 22-Feb-05 20:23:56

Do you think he would have made the font page is he was a novelist, rather than a journalist?

And Jimjams, you are not alone, I didn't like fear and Loathing much either.

Tinker Tue 22-Feb-05 20:24:52

Must admit, I was querying why the Indy had devoted its whole front page to it this morning. And then discovered 2 more inside. I mean, it's not really the most important news of the day is it? Found F&L dull as well but felt I had to read it when I was about 20 or whatever I was at teh time

SofiaAmes Tue 22-Feb-05 21:07:30

Whatever you think of his writing (I'm not a fan) he was considered an icon of the vietnam era. His writing style was considered different and groundbreaking and reflected with great accuracy major changes in sentiment and attitude ocurring in the usa (and probably elsewhere as well) at the time.

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