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Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo Journalist, Is Dead

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 23rd February 2005 12:00am
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Hunter S. Thompson, the anger-driven, drug-fueled writer for Rolling Stone magazine whose obscenity-laced prose broke down the wall between reader and writer, writer and subject, shot and killed himself on Sunday at his home in Woody Creek, Colo. He was 67.

His death was reported by the Pitkin County sheriff's office.

At his peak Mr. Thomson reached out in his writing to a generation made cynical by the Vietnam War and the Watergate political scandal and that was prepared to respond to Mr. Thompson's visceral honesty, his creative blend of fact and fantasy, his rage at convention and power.

"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," published by Random House in 1972, cemented Mr. Thompson's place as a singular presence in American journalism or, as he once called himself, "a connoisseur of edge work." In that semi-fictional work, Mr. Thompson's alter ego, Raoul Duke, and his lawyer, Dr. Gonzo, ride from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in a convertible loaded up with drugs, in what the book's subtitle describes as "a savage journey to the heart of the American Dream."

But it was his writing as a national political reporter for Rolling Stone magazine that brought Mr. Thompson's rule-breaking style to a broader audience, where his outrageous voice helped refocus the nation's customarily straitlaced political dialogue.



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