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"LOS ANGELES, May 31 (Reuter) - Timothy Leary, the counterculture guru of the 1960s who urged a generation of Americans to use the drug LSD so they could ``turn on, tune in and drop out,'' died on Friday of cancer. He was 75 years old.

Leary, who had spoken of taking his own life while hooked up to the sprawling computer communications network known as the Internet, never had a chance to go through with his bizarre plan.

Instead, he said ``Why not?'' and died in his sleep of ``natural causes'' at his Beverly Hills home, according to long-time friend Carol Rosin.

His home page on the World Wide Web, where he had provided regular updates on his deteriorating health and on the cocktail of legal and illegal drugs he was taking to ward off the pain, recounted the moment of his death.

``Just after midnight, in his favourite bed among loving friends, Timothy Leary peacefully passed on. His last words were 'Why not?' and 'Yeah.' Our friend and teacher, guide and inspiration will continue to live within us,'' his followers wrote.

``He left naturally. He went of his own accord,'' Rosin said. ``He was very peaceful. He was smiling. Not too long before he died, he woke up and said 'Why not, why not, why not.'''

The former Harvard University professor was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1995. In keeping with his offbeat ways, he recently told an interviewer he was ``thrilled'' to learn that he was dying, calling it ``the final scene of the glorious epic of your life.''

His final moments captured on videotape for possible broadcast later on the Internet, Rosin said. ``His bedroom was set up for it, with beautiful lights on the ceiling, Christmas lights, and moons and stars,'' she said.

Leary was a respected Harvard psychology professor when he chose to take his own advice and became a guru for hundreds of thousands of young people of the ``blow your mind'' generation, espousing the use of powerful hallucinogen LSD and other mind-altering drugs.

After leaving the halls of academia Leary joined the ``in crowd'' of the time, including Aldous Huxley, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Charlie Mingus. In the mid-1960s, as the hippie movement spread, his fame grew to international proportions.

The ``Messiah of LSD,'' as he was called, was to be found at love-ins, sit-ins, marijuana smoke-ins. But as the hippie movement of the 1960s faded, so did his fame.

In 1970, he escaped from a California prison, where he was serving a 10-year sentence for possession of two marijuana cigarettes.

He spent the next few years on the run in Europe and Africa with his wife Rosemary until he was arrested in Afghanistan in 1973 by U.S. drug agents and extradited to the United States. He was sent to Folsom Prison near Sacramento, California, and was paroled in 1976.

Beginning in the late 1970s, Leary became a regular fixture on the Hollywood party scene. He tried acting, being a stand-up comedian and even ran for governor of California, all with equal lack of success.

He also dabbled in software development to no avail.

But on the lecture circuit, Leary regained some of his old glory, particularly in the highly successful national debating tour with his old nemesis, Watergate figure and ultraconservative commentator G. Gordon Liddy, who as a law official had put Liddy behind bars at least twice in the 1960s."