Hunter S. Thompson, the creator of "gonzo" journalism and one of the most influential modern-day journalists in America, was found dead Sunday of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 67. Thompson's son, Juan, discovered the body at Thompson's home outside Aspen, CO, where the author lived with his wife, Anita, who was not home at the time. A self-styled rebel who lived hard and fast (it could be said he created the model for hard and fast living), Thompson helped pioneer the concept of New Journalism, in which a writer inserted himself into a story and relayed his experiences in the first person. Thompson's most notable
achievement in this medium was 1972's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which detailed his drug-influenced escapades in the desert city; Johnny Depp later starred as Thompson's alter ego, Raoul Duke, in Terry Gilliam's 1998 film adaptation. Writing for Rolling Stone magazine, Thompson became a notorious counterculture figure in the early 70s, lambasting the Nixon administration and other politicians; he was also the model for Garry Trudeau's "Uncle Duke" character in the comic strip Doonesbury. Though he continued writing and living a hard-core lifestyle that would have been the undoing of men half his age, Thompson was always most well-known for Fear and Loathing as well as the film Where the Buffalo Roam, where the writer was portrayed by a young Bill Murray. Thompson is survived by his wife and son; no statement has been released as to whether the author left a suicide note.
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200601 update: Many people have spoken to me about the supposition that Hunter S. Thompson did not, in fact, kill himself. Nobody knows for sure what happened, but lifetime journalists don't typically kill themselves before finishing a book they were working on. It makes no sense. Ask his wife. The man had a zeal for life and was too addicted to doing drugs to want to die, and stop doing drugs, forever.

I have spoken with a friend of mine who has met the man and talked with him several times in his home town in Oregon, and says there's just no fucking way he killed himself.

He was working on a piece of journalism that was supposed to be a shattering takedown of the establishment. Or so I am told.

Conclusions? I think it's more likely that a post-911 government would murder a subversive, than a great writer and journalist, married, committing suicide.

I'm going to file this under September 11th because really, if he was about to uncover a conspiracy that resulted in him getting murdered: September 11th is the most likely one. And also under censorship because, if this is true, murder is the ultimate censorship.

Of course no one will ever know, so I guess we should all believe what the corporate-owned mainstream media tells us, huh?