I am a fan of his work (although I admit I haven’t read much of it). His book on the Hell’s Angels was the first I read (thanks for the loan Jim) and I own his collected letters and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail (both of which I have yet to finish).
He began and ended his career as a sports journalist, most recently for ESPN. He loved football and was a big Raiders fan, but also enjoyed shooting and golf. Lovingly he added these to pastimes together in a late night phone call to Bill Murray as part of his last column.
As for the suicide, I like to think, although I never knew the Doc, that he would have been happy that person who finally shot him was him.
So long and Mahalo
PS. the ‘S’ stands for Stockton.