Cannonade of Cremains

” Denver — Hunter S. Thompson did not take his life ‘in a moment of haste or anger or despondency’ and probably planned his suicide well in advance because of his decling health, the family’s spokesman said Wednesday.

Douglas Brinkley, a historian and author who edited some of Mr. Thompson’s work, sand the founder of ‘gonzo’ journalism shot himself Sunday night after weeks of pain from a host of physical problems that included a broken leg and a hip replacement.

‘I think he made a conscious decision that he had an incredible run of 67 years, lived the way he wanted to, and wasn’t going to suffer the indignities of old age,’ Mr. Brinkley said. ‘He was not going to let anybody dictate how he was going to die.’

The family is looking into whether his cremated remains can be blasted out of a cannon, a wish the gun-loving writer often expressed, Mr. Brinkley said.


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