ABC Entertainment News said today that plans to erect a 150-foot-tall, double-thumbed fist to honor legendary writer-journalist Hunter S. Thompson are underway. The memorial structure will be permanent and is intended to shoot the journalist’s ashes onto his ranch property in a ceremony to be held in August 2005, six months after Thompson committed suicide in his Woody Creek, Colorado Home.
Johnny Depp, who portrayed the writer-journalist in the movie, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas will pay for the tower and is rumored to have had a hand in the design of the structure.
The ceremony will be invitation-only. The cannon-fist will be fired around sunset.Thompson’s widow, Anita, has been quoted as saying, “the event will be a celebration.”