[P]reparations are under way for Thompson's final body of work: the launch of his cremated remains on Aug. 20 from a 153-foot-high "cannon" on his Woody Creek property outside Aspen.
While Thompson's family stresses that the ceremony remains a private, and solemn, event, they are looking forward to fulfilling the writer's wishes.
"He would definitely say, 'Hot damn' to this," daughter-in-law Jennifer Winkel Thompson said, using one of Thompson's favorite expressions.
Now there's a man that knew how to go out in style.
Death to the weird. Res ipsa loquitur. And let the good times roll.