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Thompson shot self while on phone with wife

Although journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s wife wasn’t home at the time of his suicide, she heard him take his own life over the phone.

“I was on the phone with him, he set the receiver down and he did it. I heard the clicking of the gun,” says Anita Thompson, reports the Aspen Daily News. Even after she heard an unidentified muffled noise, she remained on the line. “I was waiting for him to get back on the phone,” she said.

They had been discussing her returning home from the health club on Sunday, Feb. 20 when Hunter S. Thompson merely set down the phone without saying goodbye and shot himself.

A noted writer leaves no suicide note? And just shoots himself while on the phone with his wife, no explanation given? Most bizarre, especially given that Thompson certainly seemed to be the type who would focus the rage and pain outward, and maybe want to shoot you, rather than inward and shoot himself.