LATEST: Cult writer Hunter S Thompson committed suicide while he was on the telephone to his wife.

The Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas author shot himself dead at his Colorado home on Sunday (20FEB05) during a conversation with spouse ANITA THOMPSON, who heard "the clicking of the gun".

The widow told local paper ASPEN DAILY NEWS, "I was on the phone with him, he set the receiver down and did it.

"I was waiting for him to get back on the phone."

The 32-year-old says she did not know what had happened despite hearing the loud noise of his gun firing.

Thompson, 67, had repeatedly spoken of committing suicide in recent months, his wife told the publication.

He was in the kitchen when he shot himself in the head. His son, daughter-in-law and six-year-old grandson were also in the house.

Anita Thompson adds, "He wanted to leave on top of his game. I wish I could have been more supportive of his decision."

25/02/2005 17:47