Hunter Stockton Thompson was born in Kentucky in 1937. His career was first as a journalist and then as a writer and author.

He was also a controversial figure in his admitted use of narcotics such as LSD and cocaine, and a love of firearms.

In 1965, he lived with the Hell’s Angels for a year which ended when he was beat up. But he published a book on his experience which became a best-seller.

His later works included Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was made into a very successful movie starring a young actor named Johnny Depp.

At his home in Woody Creek, Colorado, he shot himself in the head on February 20, 2005 at the age of 67, while speaking to his wife Anita on the phone.

His son and daughter-in-law were in the adjacent room.

His suicide note was dated February 16 and scratched in magic marker, and later published by the Rolling Stones magazine:

“No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax. This won't hurt.”

Thompson had elaborate funeral wishes but not the money to pay for it. Enter his friend Depp who paid for it.

His body was cremated and the ashes sent to Zambelli Fireworks of Pennsylvania where they were mixed with gunpowder and stuffed into firework shells.

On August 20, 2005, his ashes were fired from a 150-foot tower of his own design, set up in Woody Creek, to the tune of Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tamborine Man. In addition to Depp, his cannon ball memorial service was attended by journalist Ed Bradley, Jack Nicholson and Sean Penn, all hit by the snowy grey ashes of the late Hunter Thompson once the blast settled.

The locals weren’t too impressed with the influx of Hollywood yahoos, though, and so a compromise was arrived at. The contraption had to be disassembled within 14 days

REFERENCES:

  • Brinkley, Douglas, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's final note . . . Entering the no more fun zone, September 8, 2005
  • Duhaime, Lloyd, Famous Wills