Hunter S. Thompson Commits Suicide
Hunter S. Thompson, the acerbic counter-culture author of books such as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” fatally shot himself Sunday night at his Aspen-area home, his son said. He was 67. “Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family,” Juan Thompson said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News.
Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, a personal friend of Thompson, confirmed the death to the News. Sheriff’s officials did not return calls to The Associated Press late Sunday.
via Jeff Goldstein, who has commentary and photographs.
I liked Thompson’s work, although I considered him a weirdo. His impact was huge, though, as the widespread reaction of the blogosphere, irrespective of political ideology, demonstrates: