It's nine years today since Hunter S.Thompson died. Here he is with his electric typewriters, 1976-96:
Thompson died, aged 67, at Owl Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado, at 5.42pm on February 20, 2005, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The police report said that in Thompson's typewriter was "a piece of paper carrying the date 'Feb 22 '05' and the single word 'counselor'."
What Doug Brinkley describes as a suicide note written by Thompson to his wife was later published by Rolling Stone. Titled "Football Season Is Over", it read: "No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun — for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your (old) age. Relax — This won't hurt."
On August 20, in a private ceremony, Thompson's ashes were fired from a cannon. This was accompanied by red, white, blue and green fireworks - all to the tune of Norman Greenbaum's Spirit in the Sky and Bob Dylan's Mr Tambourine Man.