Hunter S. Thompson:
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.
While killing yourself after a long and fruitful creative life can certainly do wonders to extend your legacy, it also invalidates any potentially cool shit you might have said about living life.
HST suffered many painful and chronic medical conditions near the end of his life, so he swallowed a .45 and pulled the trigger. Life wasn’t what it once was. How is that incompatible with his earlier statements?
I also plan to exercise my right to die once my quality of life gives the inevitable diminishing returns*. How does that invalidate my beliefs about living?
*Some of these new proto-models are promising. Hopefully, by the time I’ll need one in 50+ years we’ll have something that’s been tested, marketed and branded.