Rolling Stone has published the gonzo journalist’s final written words. He left the note for his wife before committing suicide in February.

No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. 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.

It was titled Football Season Is Over and appears in the new Rolling Stone with the Rolling Stones cover.

 
Comments (113)
  1. Kevin  |   Posted on Sep 8th, 2005 +7

    not to be disrespectful, but they sound like Radiohead lyrics.

    • Kevin hater  |   Posted on May 2nd, 2009 +6

      “not to be disrespectful, but they sound like Radiohead lyrics.”

      Not to be disrespectful, but in the words of hunter, you’re a pig fucker.

    • they sorta do remind you of Fitter, Happier don’t they…’cool’ though, i like how he didn’t blather, got right to the point. not even a shout out to Wild Turkey?!

    • and you probably know only the song ‘Creep’ by them.

    • pig fucker… kill your SELF ass hole!!!
      you dont know bitch… spend a day in the life of the hunter and learn the real lyrics hoe!!

      • Learn the real lyrics to what? Hunter Thompson didn’t write lyrics. And how do you spend a day in the life of Hunter? He’s been cremated and made into fireworks that were shot off at his funeral… I’m just making a joke, I know you mean act like Duke….

        Hunter gave the people Duke bc that’s who they wanted to see when he was in live appearances, but Hunter was a journalist and writer, he was dark, moody and depressed a lot of the time. Just saying, he was a lot more than Duke… and it’s so ironic how essentially Duke ended his ability to ever write as well as he did in F&LiLV. Like he said himself, how can you stand on the outside looking in as a writer must, when everyone’s looking at you?

  2. Funny, they do. Well, it was short, at least.
    The man was one of the finest comics of all time. The fact that he even lived as long as he did is providence.

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  3. i was somehow expecting more out of a famed literary figurehead.

  4. hunt  |   Posted on Sep 8th, 2005 0

    written after taking too many hits of acid, while listening to Radiohead and reading Stereogum nonstop for a week……….

  5. > appears in the new Rolling Stone with the Rolling Stones cover.

    scott? what does this mean?

  6. horace  |   Posted on Sep 8th, 2005 +2

    it means the Rolling Stones are on the cover of Rolling Stone. with us yet?

  7. Though “the new Rolling Stone with the Rolling Stones cover” does make it sound a little bit like some meta-riddle collapsing into itself, which is as good a place as any for Hunter S. Thompson’s suicide note.

  8. hunt  |   Posted on Sep 8th, 2005 0

    meta-riddle collapsing on itself, shit i am going to take another tab of blotter…..

  9. After a life like that, anything written down in a suicide note would seem anticlimactic.

  10. As justifications for suicide go, “I’m old, bitchy, and bored” ain’t half bad. It beats “I’m too famous and my stomach hurts” by a mile.

  11. thejc  |   Posted on Sep 8th, 2005 0

    17 weeks in the nfl… eh (nudge), eh (nudge)!

  12. but football season starts tonight!

  13. Justin  |   Posted on Sep 8th, 2005 -2

    It should have read, “I haven’t written anything decent in 30 years.”

  14. Yale Bloor  |   Posted on Sep 8th, 2005 0

    You little nancy posers, look up drug abuser/user in your Funk & Wagnell and see a picture of Hunter with Keith Richards peering over his shoulder…Hunter saw the darkness and hopelessness on the horizen and went to check out the otherside…our matriarchs are vanishing….I’m scarred

  15. Justin  |   Posted on Sep 8th, 2005 +2

    As someone much more articulate than me recently said, he died as a drug abuser masquerading as a journalist, while he started his career as a journalist masquerading as a drug abuser.

  16. The thing about Football Season, Dr. G, is that there’s Always Next Year.

  17. You were right the first time, Scott – the suicide note is in the Rolling Stone with the Rolling Stones on the cover. The issue with Hunter on the cover is from shortly after he died – before the suicide note was made public.

  18. Dope shoulda stuck with baseball…season’s longer.

  19. Link to current Rolling Stone cover (albeit small, but Hunter reference is on top):

  20. I’m just a posting whore today. Sorry.

    Have I made my point? :)

  21. Portland  |   Posted on Sep 9th, 2005 0

    Is this suicide note released under the Creative Commons license?

  22. James  |   Posted on Sep 11th, 2005 0

    thompson was one of the most innovative and challenging writers of all time and deserves the respect for what he truly was…a genius and a legend!

  23. JULIAN  |   Posted on Sep 14th, 2005 0

    I love H.S.T. he was a grate man who foght for us all. The letter was not to short at all, he was not one to keep us waiting. So I say good bye and “have mercy on you swine”.

  24. Paul Freedman  |   Posted on Sep 17th, 2005 +1

    gone are the days when the ox fall down
    take up the yoke and plow the fields around
    sound of the thunder with the rain pouring down
    looks like the old man getting on

  25. Fluty  |   Posted on Sep 19th, 2005 0

    The man who most influenced me to become a journalist. Who influenced me to act like no one else, and enjoy it with no regrets. It was short, sweet, and to the point. To everyone who never understood the beauty that was Raul Duke….. Be quite before I sick the fuckin leaches on you…..

  26. Ryan  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2005 0

    To my dismay, a author to ome of my best friends, AKA books, and cannot throw you into a coma of disbelief and intrigue. The truth has been lost, I wonder what he would’ve aid about Katrina. I can imagine it would be something like sort of the follwing: I told you swine They don’t want you, or to work for you. You are their meal ticket, and New Orleans was like an all you can eat buffet, except they ordered up the side of euthanasia and population control, to filter out and cleanse the valued property of N.O. of the poor and destitute. It a self assuring note that governor’s and mayor’s had become crooks themselves to take care of their communities. Not uch an unfamilier sound when all the druggies and thugs the same in persuit of the same result: (make it happen!) Whether to take care of family, or self, or local government. It glad to see that some people will do what they have to do.
    MAHALO!

  27. Steph  |   Posted on Sep 23rd, 2005 0

    Hunter was an amazing man. To disrespect him on some lame ass message board is sick.

  28. People will do what they feel is the right thing at the time. Checking out on yer own schedule is not a descision that is made over a few hours or days or weeks or even a few years. It seems to be the “In Thing” with all of our greatest writers. Not that checking out on yer own schedule is gonna make you a great writer. But great writers can be very tortured souls, just looking fer some rest. It is merely portal to another dimension. I prefer to watch this existance of mine till it winds down on it’s own destruction. I think it’s gonna be an exciting show an’ I just don’ wanna miss the big ending to it. Mr. Thompson was very influential to quite a few people. Not everyone understood what he was saying all the time, but again who is? The guy just laid it down the way he wanted to. It was his descision, fer whatever reasons. I’ll just be ever so grateful fer being blessed to have been alive while he was still around. He helped me in his writings to believe in myself, so in my mind anyway, I believe he will be highly rewarded in his next level of existance. The mortal coil has been lifted from his free spirit. May the GODs enjoy his free spirit. I’ll miss the old fart.

  29. kate  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2005 0

    I might understand this poem from Hunter.

    Pure genius is a lack of balance. It is incredible joy and incredible hurt.

    Getting older means losing everything that you love with pure abandon. Knees, hips, writing..

    A balanced person might handle, and even enjoy, getting older. No way for Hunter.

  30. Brad  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2005 0

    I have to agree with Steph, you dirtbags prob maybee read a few lines of F&L in LV, then couldnt grasp that it wasent all about drugs, and we know how you dipshits like to see people get high and not actualy do it yourself. So in dismay, you rolled the book up real tight, lubed it(spirkkk), then inserted it where you have many of other things you will never understand.

  31. wasted youth  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2005 0

    you bastard who said he hasn’t written anything good in 30 years, you goto hell. have you even read anything other than fear and loathing in las vegass… did you even read that, or just see the movie?
    you goto hell… then hunter can smack you.

  32. wasted youth  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2005 0

    you bastard who said he hasn’t written anything good in 30 years, you goto hell. have you even read anything other than fear and loathing in las vegass… did you even read that, or just see the movie?
    you goto hell… then hunter can smack you.

  33. jon  |   Posted on Oct 10th, 2005 0

    as a pure spectator can anyone understand where he was at the point when he put pen to paper for the last time. if his work is testiment to anything it is that he was so wildly different, speculation is a futile exercise. no matter how many of his works you have read or how many times you’ve defended him against fear and loathing movie heathens, enjoy the work. stop disecting his note for the reflected glory.

  34. MM  |   Posted on Oct 11th, 2005 0

    You said “I hope you live forever.” Don’t you wish that on me. You said “dont be clever.”

    To whoever reads these posts before you post them this is for you and your facist message board. Who exactly do you think you are even allowing such idiots to post comments about someone who cant defend them. A great mind was lost and all you can do is let loser 17 yr old kids make comments about his note sounding like radiohead lyrics. I hope once your short missery filled lives end the good doctor will be there ready to call you out on being such dumb fucks.

  35. CJ  |   Posted on Oct 17th, 2005 0

    While reading the Kingdom of Fear it occured to me that HST was assasinated by the powers that be in our current government. Yes, he had been in and all around the game for years and tjat can make anyone tired but what everyone forgets is that he loved it. It doesn’t make sense. (Suicide) I think he was offed because he challenged the sheep in all of us to wake up and grow a set. Do something. Say something. What we have here now is disater.

  36. geggy  |   Posted on Oct 31st, 2005 0

    Hunter thompson was writing a book on his views toward the possibility of the bush administration’s involvment with the september 11th attacks at the time he “commited suicide”.

    ???

    At the time he commited suicide he wasn’t depressed or in despair. He was known to be affiliated with many politics in the white house.

    • Schultz  |   Posted on Sep 28th, 2009 0

      Are you kidding me? An assination by the bush administration? Your just the people that watch propaganda films on youtube like loose change and take it is pure fact. I’ll repeat that once again. An assination by the bush administration… Do you feel pretty dumb hearing your own words now?? You dont think he was depressed? He had been planning his funeral for 10 years, talked about suicide constanty, his body was becoming decrepid, and he had built himself into something he truely was not for the sake of his journalistic style. He lived his own world he had built because thats what people knew him by. Get a clue. I cant believe it took me 4 years to see your pile of garbage post. You think he was affiliated a lot with politics? He had become reclusive rarely ever wanting to leave his house. He would wake up at 5pm to see the evening news then drink hard liquor for the next 16 hours until he couldn’t take it any longer. Do you know his son was in the room beside him when it happened? I suppose from that info you’ll tell me now that the CIA paid his son to kill his father? Please, comment back. I beg it of you.

  37. Caitlin  |   Posted on Nov 2nd, 2005 0

    Wow, some of you have said some excellent stuff up here… unfortunately I’m seeing what seems to happen on every fucking opinionated forum I read – people who think that they are smarter than some of the other posters and take that as good reason to bash them. Everyone has an opinion, just like you, and should be respected for posting it. Just because you think it’s a piece of trash and not up to your “higher” brain level doesn’t mean you need to attempt to put them down. H.T.S. was different, he wrote opinionated stuff. People on this post are different, and are writing opinionated stuff. What makes you want to defend H.T.S. for his weirdness, but you can’t deal with the fact that we are all a little weird…

  38. Respect

  39. gizabelle  |   Posted on Nov 3rd, 2005 0

    I loved the rum diary..

  40. Drue  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2005 0

    as was said above, “Respect” for a great man. He went away as most of us wish, but none of us dare. Thank you Mr. Gonzo

  41. FubarKibble  |   Posted on Dec 21st, 2005 0

    Look, I’m only sixteen, I’ve read most of his stuff, and he’s inspired me to become a journalist. Basically, he changed my view on the world. I have nothing but respect for the man. Yes they sound like something Thom Yorke and his mob could of written, but the way I see it… He wasn’t murdered by the CIA or whatever. What fucking bullshit- No offence.

    HST was a great man, and a pioneer of his field. I don’t think he would really care what we thought of his suicide note. I bet he’s looking up at us and laughing his fucking head off.

    RIP Dr Gonzo. Keep a seat for me in hell.

  42. George Thorogood  |   Posted on Sep 2nd, 2006 0

    You numbnut people wouldn’t smell a rat if it was cooking on yo mammy’s stove, would you? If you truly believe the good doctor would off himself then you are truly, well naive is a kind word for it, actually! This man was murdered because he knew the actual sick disgusting greed that is going on in this nation and his voice could have become too loud, i.e. John Lennon. Wake up numbnuts of this nation before it’s too late, please!!! If you give a shit about your kids and their kids!! RIP Gonzo, sorry they shut your mouth!!!

  43. George Thorogood  |   Posted on Sep 2nd, 2006 0

    You numbnut people wouldn’t smell a rat if it was cooking on yo mammy’s stove, would you? If you truly believe the good doctor would off himself then you are truly, well naive is a kind word for it, actually! This man was murdered because he knew the actual sick disgusting greed that is going on in this nation and his voice could have become too loud, i.e. John Lennon. Wake up numbnuts of this nation before it’s too late, please!!! RIP Gonzo, sorry they shut your mouth!!!

  44. weare138  |   Posted on Oct 1st, 2006 0

    What’s really left to say, everything’s been said before about Hunter S. Thompson, but his insights, ideals, and the life he lead, who else woulda had the balls to pull off half he what he did? I hope the new movie does him justice.

  45. Vikki  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2006 0

    I can’t believe you are all criticising a bloody suicide note. Thompson was a genius who’s vivid and fractious imagination completed the work of the beat writers. Wallowing in a little suicidal inertia whilst saying goodbye to your wife is perfectly natural. No one thinks of the literary merit of their own suicide note when they’re about to blow the back of their head out.

  46. Vikki  |   Posted on Oct 6th, 2006 0

    I can’t believe you are all criticising a bloody suicide note. Thompson was a genius who’s vivid and fractious imagination completed the work of the beat writers. Wallowing in a little suicidal inertia whilst saying goodbye to your wife is perfectly natural. No one thinks of the literary merit of their own suicide note when they’re about to blow the back of their head out.

  47. Thomas  |   Posted on Oct 7th, 2006 0

    Pure Gonzo Journalism- in it’s purest form.

  48. non poster  |   Posted on Oct 20th, 2006 0

    I think Hunter’s suicide note was rather brilliant and beautifully succinnct. If you knew him….personally….it made all the sense in the world. He was a dear friend and I’ll miss him. Do I regret what he chose to do? Hell no !
    Hunter had a big brass set. Period. It was amusing to read these posts. Everyone has the right to voice their opinion—-however, I must say that I don’t fully understand why “stupid” people seem to do so.

  49. Paul Hillman  |   Posted on Dec 12th, 2006 0

    Alright, I am a huge fan of Hunter. I own and have read just about every book he has written including hard to find one like Screwjack and Hey Rube. He was a great man and my favorite author of all time. That being said he committed suicide. He was not offed by the government, that would’ve been a great final chapter, but it’s not what happened, He was on the phone with Anita, his wife, when he shot himself,and his son Juan and granson were in the next room. The suicide note was on the table. Just celebrate the man’s life, Starz is airing a documentary called Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride. Check it out.

  50. mephisopheles  |   Posted on Dec 31st, 2006 0

    an amazing human being…

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