Hunter S. Thompson is an immortal writer who wrote some of my favorite books, but from reading his biography and the video above of him having a gunfight with his neighbour with an old Luger, he was also fucking insane.
UPDATE: Nice piece from the New Yorker I found following his death. This is why he is my idol, he had a workaholic compassion to write which I myself try to hold. I would also love to do some Gonzo journalism some day. The closest I could get is this website.