Friday, March 04, 2005

An inglorious suicide Jeff Jacoby here on Hunter Thompson. He went out the way he lived- in utter depravity.

‘‘Hunter S. Thompson died Sunday as he planned,’’ begins Jeff Kass’s admiring Feb. 24 account in the Rocky Mountain News, ‘‘surrounded by his family, at a high point in his life, and with a single, courageous, and fatal gunshot wound to the head, his son says.’’

High point? Courageous? In what warped moral universe is a man’s pointless and ignoble death the ‘‘high point in his life?’’ And what is ‘‘courageous’’ about turning one’s wife into a widow or depriving a 6-year-old of his grandfather?

Thompson’s son and daughter-in-law, Kass continues, ‘‘could not be prouder’’ of his suicide. It was the result of ‘‘a thought process with its own beautifully dark logic. ... The guy was a warrior, and he went out like a warrior.’’ Did Thompson, asks Kass, ‘‘have his favorite liquid sidekick, a glass of Chivas Regal, on the counter? ‘Of course he did,’ Juan Thompson said.’’

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