Hunter S. Thompson’s Ashes Set To Blast Off

Iconoclastic journalist Hunter S. Thompson would have loved the 153-foot tower built to blast his ashes into the sky, said one of his many friends and admirers gathered for an unsolemn farewell.

It’s a beautiful structure. Of course, he would not have been able to resist putting a few holes into it,” said Michael Cleverly, referring to his former neighbor’s love of shooting guns. “But it weighs several tons, so it could handle a few holes.”

The counterculture author killed himself six months ago at his home near Aspen. His ashes, intermingled with fireworks, were to be fired out of the tower Saturday evening in front of a star-studded crowd at his Owl Farm compound.

“He loved explosions,” his wife, Anita Thompson, explained during the planning of the fireworks sendoff.

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