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Thompson 'suicide note' published
Hunter S Thompson in 2001
Thompson's ashes were scattered by fireworks shot from a cannon
US magazine Rolling Stone will publish what it says is a note written by author Hunter S Thompson days before he committed suicide in February.

"No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67," it read.

"That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun - for anybody. 67.

"You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax - This won't hurt." Thompson was a longtime Rolling Stone writer.

He shot himself at home in Aspen, Colorado, on 20 February after weeks of pain from physical problems including a broken leg and a hip replacement.

The note's title, Football Season Is Over, was written in black marker pen.

'Doldrums time'

"February was always the cruellest month for Hunter S Thompson," Douglas Brinkley, presidential historian and Thompson's official biographer, wrote in Rolling Stone.

"An avid NFL fan, Hunter traditionally embraced the Super Bowl in January as the high-water mark of his year. February, by contrast, was doldrums time."

Thompson pioneered "gonzo journalism", a factual style in which the writer was an essential part of the story, and was an acute observer of American life.

He is best-known for his 1972 account of a drug-addled Nevada trip, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Last month, his ashes were scattered by fireworks shot from a cannon. Actor Johnny Depp, who played Thompson in a film version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, paid for the cannon.

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