I never thought that much of him. He was one of those guys liked in theory but not in practice. A lot of smart people liked him, so I could certainly be wrong about him. In fact, according to this description of the ceremony to shoot his ashes in the sky, maybe he was just too Advanced for me:
"'Spirit in the Sky' blared from a high-wattage sound system as the monument — topped by a spectacular gonzo fist, Thompson’s trademark logo — was unveiled. Spotlights swooped across the darkened skyline, casting fist-shaped shadows on the clouds. Fireworks traced the sky and an 11-piece, kimono-clad Japanese drum band banged away in heart-thumping unison. Finally the cannon roared. The crowd raised champagne glasses and sang along to Lou Reed’s 'Walk on the Wild Side' as Hunter’s ashes floated downward."
Come to think of it, he did wear sunglasses a lot.