This from Times Online:
Hunter S. Thompson, the American author and journalist died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Colorado on Sunday.
The 67-year-old hero of counter culture and creator of "gonzo journalism", best known for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, was found by his son Juan on Sunday evening according to the Aspen Daily News.
"On February 20, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colorado."
Thompson's life and extraordinary drug-inspired adventures were brought to the screen in a film of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, starring Johnny Depp.
And on a personal note: HST was one of my favourite authors - he really went out there and wrote his books his way, he was funny, crazy, scary. A true 'horror' writer in other words, you feared what his next skit was gonna be, where his next turn in the shark would take you, the hapless reader dragged along for the adventure of HST's life. There was no other writer like him up until that point or since. He was a true original (as all creatives SHOULD, at least strive to, be).