Born in 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky, Hunter Stockton Thompson went from a rocky childhood and an itinerant young adulthood to a workmanlike writing career fueled in part by a seemingly endless capacity for drugs and audacious behavior.

His trademark reporting style became what’s now called gonzo journalism, in which he made himself a central character in his own stories. And a character he was: his stories often centered on his panache for excessive consumption while surveying America’s political and cultural landscape in a way that no one had before.

Below, we look at 21 photos of the revered counterculture icon:

Hunter S Thompson Writing By The Water
Penton Motorcycle
Hunter S Thompson Oscar Zeta Acosta
Shooting
21 Images Of Hunter S. Thompson, The Gonzo Writer Too Weird For This Planet
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For more of Hunter S. Thompson's antics, watch this video of him getting into a gun battle with his neighbor in Aspen, Colorado over livestock intruding on his ranch:

And check out the video below of Hunter S. Thompson's funeral, where his ashes were shot out of a cannon by Johnny Depp:


If you enjoyed this gallery of Hunter S. Thompson's life, check out our other posts on Freddy Mercury's larger-than-life career and Salvador Dali being Salvador Dali.

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