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 April 8, 2005
Hunter Thompson's ashes to be blasted out of cannon
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DENVER Hunter Thompson lived fast and loud. And the late gonzo journalist will make at least one more loud noise before he's done.

Thompson's widow announced today that his ashes will be shot out of a cannon mounted on a 53-foot sculpture on the grounds of his home in Colorado.

Anita Thompson says this was his wish. As she put it: "It's expensive, but worth every penny," adding, "He loved explosions."

Thompson shot himself in the head in February. The author of classics that included "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "The Great Shark Hunt" was 67.

The sculpture will reproduce Thompson's "gonzo fist" emblem. The cannon blast is to take place sometime in August.

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