Hunter S Thompson's ashes wil be fired across his Colorado estate by a cannon, in keeping with his final wishes.

The journalist and author committed suicide at his secure compound in Woody Creek on Sunday (20FEB04). He was 67.

The Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas author wanted a simple, but bizarre funeral, during which his body is cremated and his ashes blasted across the ranch, according to his lawyer GEORGE TOBIA JR.

Thompson's friend, journalist TROY HOOPER explains, "I believe he wanted to be shot out of a cannon.

"I understand it's in his will.

"That's Hunter's style. That's how he would want it. He was a big fan of bonfires and explosions and anything that went bang and I'm sure he'd like to go bang as well."

23/02/2005 04:07