Hunter S. Thompson [7.18.39 - 2.20.05] was found dead Sunday at his home in Aspen Colorado. Thompson was credited with both founding and helping to pioneer "gonzo journalism." The cause of death is believed to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. This is certainly a tragedy, as he was one of the last true media icons to be part of the counter-culture.

Thompson's wife, Anita, was not home at the time of his death. His incredible body of work includes such novels as; The Rum Diary, The Great Shark Hunt, Hells Angels, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Kingdom of Fear, a slew of articles ranging from Rolling Stone to ESPN to the San Francisco Examiner, and countless ruminations on the state of the world, music, politics and more. Certainly our prayers and thoughts are with his family, which includes a son Juan Thompson.

This tragic news has destroyed a pillar from which all of us at JamBase take strength and inspiration, look for a more in-depth look into the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson in the days ahead.

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