Thompson memorial ready

Author Hunter S Thompson's ashes will be fired by cannon across his American estate, as requested in his will.

Author Hunter S Thompson's ashes will be fired by cannon across his American estate, as requested in his will.

The bizarre ceremony will take place in August, after a giant cannon has been built and mounted inside a 54-feet tall sculpture of a 'Gonzo fist' - Thompson's trademark and a nod to the 'gonzo' style of journalism he invented - which itself will stand on a 100-feet high pillar.

The event will be part of a ceremony to celebrate the life of the writer, who committed suicide at his secure compound near Aspen, Colorado, in February (05) at the age of 67.

His wife Anita says: "It's expensive, but worth every penny. I'd like to have several explosions. He loved explosions."

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