Hunter S Thompson's widow is holding a massive star-studded party instead of a wake for the writer's funeral this Saturday (20AUG05) - to honour his final wish.
The unusual ceremony will also see the cremated remains of the Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas author, who was a huge fan of explosives, being shot into the air over his Woody Creek, Colorado home.
Hollywood star Depp - who portrayed Thompson in the 1998 movie version of the bestseller - is financing the send off, and has been busy constructing a special cannon so he can blast his late pal HUNTER S THOMPSON's ashes into the sky.
According to the New York Post, the memorial platform/cannon will be unveiled on Sunday (21AUG05) and has been modelled on Thompson's Gonzo logo: a clenched fist, made symmetrical with the addition of a second thumb, perched above a dagger.
Thompson's widow ANITA insists the upbeat celebration is perfect for the unconventional star.
She says "No crying, no tears, only celebration. He wanted people to celebrate.
"He envisioned it to be a beautiful party. The most amazing people would be there.
"His friends would celebrate his life. And he was even specific that there would be clinking of ice and whisky."