''On February 20, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colorado,'' said a statement issued by Thompson's son, Juan Thompson, to the Aspen Daily News. ''The family will shortly provide more information about memorial service and media contacts. Hunter prized his privacy, and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family.'' A dispatcher for the Pitkin County Sheriff's Department confirmed Thompson's death.
Neither the family statement nor Pitkin County sheriff's officials said whether Thompson left a note, The Associated Press reported.