still more thoughts on the passing of HST – pt 3

HST pt 3 > details begin to emerge

According to local NBC affiliate 9news.com, we already have Hunter’s crazy ass plans and requests for his funeral. His longtime lawyer said today that there was NO suicide note, and that no one knew this was planned. However, he noted this was planned by Hunter “This was definitely not spur of the moment”. Some specific details can be found straight from Aspen’s daily paper,here

It was also clarified that Hunter did not do this for political of financial reasons. Even though the good doctor once wisely referred to the President at a ‘Butt boy for the super rich’, the election had nothing to do with this. It is assumed by all close to him that he was in too much physical pain for too long from recent operations that left him basically immobile. What is quite strange is that he was not alone during all of this. His family (son and grandson) were home at the time. Though they did not witness it (thank god), his son Juan was the one to find his dad. Man, that will give you some fucked up dreams for a bit.

The funeral, as you might imagine, is set to involve explosives. Here, I’ll let his lawyer (George Tobia jr) explain it: The late Hunter S. Thompson apparently wanted to have his ashes blasted from a cannon across his ranch in Woody Creek. It should also be noted there will not be a tox screen run on the doctor. I know we are all imagining a barrage of most excellent drugs assisting the Doctor at this time… the coroner wisely ruled that whatever the doctor had in him at the time is moot.

update March 2017

There is another puzzle piece to his suicide that I don’t think I ever mentioned.  Apparently, one of the things they found near his body, besides this legendary note, was a  codicil.  That is a document specific to the amending of a will.  We don’t know anything more about what was on it, but it was believed (including by me) that it was him writing out Anita from his will.  It would seem that the family wasn’t big fan’s of hers.  I believe behind the scenes they worked to block her from inheriting the farm, his name, his works… etc.

Here is how it finally settled, some of this as recent as the last few years.  She now kind of owns Owl Farm.  Of course, no one owned it outright when Hunter passed because he mortgaged the shit out of it.  Ralph Steadman helped her buy the place, with the condition that it never be sold.  It is how held in a trust so that it stays in the family.  Anita (his widow) has been looking into ideas to make it a museum, or a retreat.

I can only assume that things are at least cordial between Anita and Juan, Hunter’s son.  They have done appearances  together.  Anita also started the ‘Gonzo Foundation‘.  However, besides a website, nothing has happened with that in the last ten years.  I don’t know how much of her life is dedicated to being Hunter’s widow, and managing the estate… but I would imagine it is a near full time job.   My educated guess is that she is trying to move on with her life, and to be and do something other than being Hunter’s widow… but she keeps getting sucked back in.

anyhow, read this:  it is powerful, and sad.  It is also very clearly a suicide note.  it wasn’t immediately released when he died.  the only thing initially released when he died that he was over his beloved typewriter when he shot himself.  There was paper in there, and only one word typed:  counselor

but this is the note they later found and released to the public >

hst suicide letter

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “still more thoughts on the passing of HST – pt 3

  1. Well, what a drag this all is. HST is/was a great writer and someone I would have truely enjoyed getting to know, I think. Oh well. I too would have expected a “cooler” end to his long, Hmm?, not so long, strange life. We all have the right to check-out (again, just my opinion) but I think it’s a lousy way to go, especially since the Doctor had such a great familiarity with chemical relief. RIP

  2. I am a long time friend of Juan we went to the Aspen Community School together I have been using the blogs to try to send a message of love to him and the family but I know he is totally swamped because of the media attention at Owl farm and I need to let him know that we care for Him, Anita and the whole family in this time of tragedy while respecting his privacy

    Let’s see if we can get the word out …
    He was first THE MAN….
    He became the myth and legend
    To me he was several people.
    He was my best friend’s dad although he always called his dad Hunter
    (At Juan’s wedding he said to a friend about me “Look there’s another little bastard I raised that turned out OK”)
    He was Hunter S. Thompson retiring shy southerner who loved guns and his freedom
    And
    He was the Dr. Gonzo who we all know who would be in your face and try to kill you if you attempted to try to take away his guns, drugs, freedom, privacy and the god given right to go into an explosive tirade about it.

    To be such a person required him to have a unique emotional support structure. These people now need our support, love and understanding in this time of grief.

    Bradley Laboe

  3. Finally Dr. Thompson escaped his own legend. My only question besides how hard he is beating up Nixon in Hell is did Tom Wofe(Right Stuff, Kool Aid Acid Test Tom Wolfe) put out something about Thompson’s suicide? And if so, could someone link it here? I’d be much obliged.

  4. for DJ Boris Yelstin:
    Yes Wolfe did. I don’t know how to “post it”, but I found it online in the Feb 23 Opinion Journal from the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page

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