- Reporter's Notebook: Hunter S. Thompson Dead
He rode with the Hells Angels, coined the term "gonzo journalism" and became an ongoing character in the Doonesbury comic strip. Last night, he shot himself to death in Woody Creek, Colorado, where he lived in a fortified compound. Author of Hells Angels, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson's drugged-out counter-culture life made him as much a celebrity as his writing. That's according to University of Florida journalism professor William McKeen, author of a critical biography of Thompson.