Sunday, August 21, 2005

Alright, I have mixed feelings about the guy...

But this is just one damned cool way to go...

Writer’s ashes going, going, gonzo!
Hunter S. Thompson memorialized with fireworks

Ed Andrieski / AP

WOODY CREEK, Colo. - With a deafening boom, the ashes of Hunter S. Thompson were blown into the sky amid fireworks late Saturday as relatives and a star-studded crowd bid an irreverent farewell to the founder of “gonzo journalism”.

As the ashes erupted from a tower, red, white, blue and green fireworks lit up the sky over Thompson’s home near Aspen.

The 15-story tower was modeled after Thompson’s logo: a clenched fist, made symmetrical with two thumbs, rising from the hilt of a dagger. It was built between his home and a tree-covered canyon wall, not far from a tent filled with merrymakers.

“He loved explosions,” explained his wife, Anita Thompson.

The private celebration included actors Bill Murray and Johnny Depp, rock bands, blowup dolls and plenty of liquor to honor Thompson, who killed himself six months ago at the age of 67.
He's in Kitten Country now boys...

H/T: John Scalzis Whatever