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Hunter S. Thompson Memorial Plans Unveiled

By Chuckmonster on Saturday, 28th May 2005 9:59pm
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Organizers of a memorial for Hunter S. Thompson plan to erect a 150-foot structure -- courtesy of Johnny Depp -- to shoot the gonzo journalist's ashes onto his Aspen-area ranch.

Friends and acquaintances gathered Thursday to discuss the Aug. 20 invitation-only service, which will happen six months after Thompson shot himself in his Woody Creek home.

Jon Equis, the event producer working with Thompson's family, said the tower will be 12 feet wide at the base and 8 feet wide at the top, where a cannon will be placed.

Depp, who portrayed the author in the movie version of Thompson's book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, will pay for the tower, designed to resemble Thompson's ''gonzo fist'' emblem. As Thompson requested, his ashes will be shot out of the cannon onto his property.

Equis said the tower will be constructed far from Woody Creek Road and covered with a black drape before the service to discourage tourists. The cannon will be fired around sunset.



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