Thompson’s widow offers photo to fans
The widow of Hunter S. Thompson said she will let fans download a rarely seen photo of the gonzo journalist from his Web site on the anniversary of his death.
Ralph Steadman, who illustrated many of Thompson’s works, has the only copy of the photo ever issued, Anita Thompson said.
Hunter S. Thompson, 67, shot himself Feb. 20, 2005, in his home in Woody Creek, apparently despondent over health problems.
Anita Thompson said she decided to offer the photo as a free download on gonzostore.com in response to fans who have written her asking about plans for the anniversary. Though his family will mark his death privately, no public event is planned.
“I really want to thank everyone, including Hunter’s fans,” Anita Thompson told The Associated Press on Sunday. “I’ve been surrounded by wonderful letters and e-mails and cards for the entire year. I can’t thank them enough. This is a small gesture, the least I can do.”
Anita Thompson took the photo herself at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, when her husband had friends over as he was writing one of his columns.
“He has a special look in his eye that he had once in while when he was up to something but was totally at peace,” she said. “I’ve taken thousands of pictures of him, but this one is my favorite. And nobody has seen it.”
Under the photo will be one of her husband’s favorite quotes that she typed on his typewriter. She wouldn’t reveal the quote but gave a hint: It’s about Bob Dylan.
Anita Thompson said she is still working on organizing a symposium on her husband for the summer in either Aspen or San Francisco.
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