Thompson to Go out with a Real Bang Before he killed himself, Hunter S. Thompson left instructions for a spectacular punctuation mark to his life: The writer wanted his ashes fired out of a cannon. Thompson's widow says he will get his wish. It's hard to say if this counts as one more example of Thompson's semi-fictional journalism. But his widow says he'll be fired from cannon, mounted on a giant sculpture at his Colorado home. Speaking of her husband, Anita Thompson says, "He loved explosions."