On This Day: Hunter S. Thompson Dies

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Journalist Hunter S. Thompson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on this day in 2005. The author of such works as Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream had been suffering from a number of chronic heath problems in his later years.

His famous employer Rolling Stone published what is said to be his suicide note, called “Football Season Is Over”:

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.

At his funeral, Thompson’s ashes were fired out of a cannon per his request. The financier of this unusual and spectacular memorial was Johnny Depp, who played Thompson in the movie Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas and might still be paying for this particular last gift to his friend to this very day.