"Brinkley also said Thompson did not take his life "in a moment of haste or anger or despondency" but probably planned his suicide well in advance because of declining health. The author of books including "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" was in pain from a host of problems that included a broken leg and a hip replacement.
"I think he made a conscious decision that he had an incredible run of 67 years, lived the way he wanted to, and wasn't going to suffer the indignities of old age," Brinkley said. "He was not going to let anybody dictate how he was going to die."
Thompson had spent an intimate weekend with his son, daughter-in-law and young grandson, the spokesman said.
"He was trying to really bond and be close to the family" before his suicide, Brinkley said. "This was not just an act of irrationality. It was a very pre-planned act."
Family members had no hint that Thompson planned to take his own life, Brinkley said, and he did not leave a note. "There was no farewell salutation," he said. "It's the lack of a note that brings the conspiracy buff in me out into the open...If he did off himself, why no farewell written address? Did the survivors hide the note?Was there an added codicil to the will that didn't go down with the family?Did they know HST actually was going to off himself and are hiding that knowledge from the police and the media?There will be more to the story ....http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/02/22/after_thompsons_suicide_attorney_saw_clues/The lawyer saw "clues".Of course he did ... after THE FACT?PUH-LEEZE!!!Watch the bizarro thing happen...