Hunter S. Thompson
Summary: acerbic counterculture icon and author of numerous books including the 1972 drug-hazed classic Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas who popularized "gonzo journalism" (a form of fictional journalism in which the writer made himself an essential component of the story), and was also a writer for Rolling Stone magazine and the model for the character of Uncle Duke in the comic strip Doonesbury.
Cause of Death: Self-inflicted gunshot wound
Born: July 18, 1937
Died: February 20, 2005
Location: Aspen, Colorado