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He was very eccentric, creating a persona that he used in his writing, named Raoul Duke.
Raoul is an author surrogate, which Hunter used to blur the line between fiction and truth. The character was a heavy user of hallucinogenic drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. His personality was described as callous, anti-conservative, and cynical.
Raoul is the personality that was portrayed by actor Johnny Depp in the Movie “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
In his works and in his personal life, Hunter was a vocal critic of Richard Nixon, and covered his election campaign. When Nixon was impeached, he continued his criticism, even after the former had died.
He died in 2005 by way of self inflicted gunshot to the head. Later that year, his ashes were fired out of a cannon , along with red, blue, white and green fireworks, to the tune of “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan. Johnny Depp, a close personal friend of Hunter, financed the funeral himself.
10. Nothing is to be held back. All candid thoughts, feelings, hunches, or urges will be included along with the facts in the article. This allows for the author to give his or her reader a complete idea of what was going through the author’s mind at the time of writing, hopefully allowing them to get as emotionally involved as the author did.