Thompson's son, Juan, found his body. He said the 67-year-old shot himself.
He is best-known for his 1972 account of a drug-addled Nevada trip, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Other books are Hells Angels and Generation of Swine.
Thompson pioneered "gonzo journalism", a factual style in which the writer was an essential part of the story, and was an acute observer of American life.
Well, I could have done without that news on a Monday morning...or any morning for that matter. Being a big fan and follower of Hunter I feel lost and more than a little sad.
I think this must truly be a sign of the times.
Here is an mp3 of a Thompson speech. It is interesting that he mentions being shot out of a cannon.