Monday, February 21, 2005
One Less American Hero

We're on our own now

Hunter S. Thompson, the acerbic counter-culture author of books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," fatally shot himself Sunday at his Aspen-area home, his son said. He was 67.

Thompson "took his life with a gunshot to the head," Thompson's son, Juan, and wife said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News. The statement asked for privacy for Thompson's family and added, "He stomped terra."


Thompson was a counterculture icon at the height of the Watergate era, and once said Nixon represented "that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character."

Thompson also was the model for Gary Trudeau's balding "Uncle Duke," named after Raoul Duke, a character in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." He was portrayed on screen by Bill Murray in "Where The Buffalo Roam" and Johnny Depp in a film adaptation of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

That book, perhaps Thompson's most famous, begins: "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold."

Other books include "The Great Shark Hunt," "Hell's Angels" and "The Proud Highway." His most recent effort was "Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness."


PS: HiFlyer at Daily Kos has assembled a page of quotes in homage to the man.
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