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The son and daughter-in-law of the late Hunter Thompson told the Rocky Mountain News that Thompson lived and died as “a warrior.” Baloney. A warrior lives and dies in the service of others; a family, a tribe, a country. A warrior is bound by a code of honor. Thompson lived and died for himself. Thompson accepted nobody’s rules but his own. Indeed, that was his appeal for many. He did what he wanted to simply because he wanted to do it, including commit suicide so as to not experience the difficulties associated with aging. Thompson may have been many things, but warrior was not one of them.

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