A post for anyone who wants to comment on the gonzo journalist's death. "Evil Journalista" seems to have already weighed in. I've also received many e-mails about the guy.
I respect the energy of his writing. Thompson was a 60's counter-culture icon-- a favorite of Gary Trudeau and such. Thompson and Tom Wolfe's styles were heavily influenced by the Beats and by Norman Mailer. They didn't create anything new, but were astute borrowers. Hunter Thompson borrowed his persona from William Burroughs.
Thompson's manner of death was fitting. I was always struck by his adolescent attitude toward firearms; always waving them around and such. Real gun enthusiasts (coming from Michigan, I've known a few of them) have a different, more respectful view of weapons and what they can do.
Unlike Wolfe, Hunter Thompson never wrote a novel that I know of, for good or ill.