Thompson's Will Calls for 'Gonzo Trust'

In a nod to the first-person form of journalism he popularized, Hunter S. Thompson (search)'s will calls for all his property to flow into "The Gonzo Trust" (search), to be managed by three people the writer knew for years.

The will, dated June 27, 2003, was filed in state court Feb. 23, three days after the 67-year-old writer took his own life at his home in Woody Creek, near Aspen. It was made public Monday.

Trustees are attorneys Hal Haddon (search) of Denver and George Tobia (search) of Boston, and historian Douglas Brinkley (search) of New Orleans.

Tobia said the trustees would inventory the estate during the next several months. Brinkley said he was appointed literary executor to manage Thompson's writings and book contracts and find a home for his archives.

Haddon, who recently helped defend NBA star Kobe Bryant (search) in a sexual assault case in Colorado, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The will does not detail what the estate contains or how it should be distributed.

Thompson is survived by his wife Anita, a son, daughter-in-law and grandson.

Anita Thompson said she did not know any details of the will. She has said she was moving forward with plans launched before her husband's death for the Hunter S. Thompson Foundation, dedicated to helping people in the prison system "who don't belong there."