I never knew much about Hunter S. Thompson but I stumbled upon this video last night and it got me interested.
First watch this video about his funeral, which he planned out before he died:
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Then check out his wiki page. The Death section was both very interesting and so very sad to me, for him and his wife and family. Also interesting was the details about how his funeral was pulled off.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_S._Thompson