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Thompson’s ashes shot into sky by his friends

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WOODY CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Bill Murray, George McGovern and dozens of Hunter S. Thompson's friends gathered Saturday to give the iconoclastic journalist an unsolemn farewell, with blow-up dolls, liquor and a tower built to blast his ashes into the sky.

"He loved explosions," explained his wife, Anita Thompson.

She said the tower, shrouded by tarps for days, was modeled after Thompson's Gonzo logo: a clenched fist, made symmetrical with two thumbs, rising from the hilt of a dagger.

The counterculture author's ashes, intermingled with fireworks, were to be fired from it Saturday evening in a field between Thompson's home and a tree-covered canyon wall.