10 Famous Last Words Uttered By Famous People In History

The deathbed can either lead someone to mutter some profound stuff… or not. Sometimes they speak with great honesty and what they say may either make sense or not. Some are bravely defiant at the time, others have weird demands while others go on silently. We all hope that when that time comes, we will matter something symbolic or poignant but as history has shown, this does not always happen. Here is a list of alleged last words mattered by 10 famous people.

1. Steve Jobs 

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Mona Simpson, sister to the late Steve Jobs, recently revealed details of the last moments of her brother with the family. Job once described death as the “single best invention of life”.

According to Simpon, “Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.”

Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.

“Steve’s final words were: ‘Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.’” (source)

2. Steve Irwin

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Steve Irwin was a famous crocodile hunter and was filming a documentary in 2006 when he was killed by a stingray. Eight years later, his last words were revealed by cameraman Justin Lyons who was the only one to witness Steve’s final moments.

“He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, ‘I’m dying’. And that was the last thing he said.” (source)

3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The influential classical composer Mozart died at the age of 35 on December 5th 1791. He was completely unconscious until two hours before his death. His attributed last words were: “The taste of death is upon my lips…I feel something, that is not of this earth”. (source)

4. Karl MaX

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Karl Heinrich Marx was a German economist, political philosopher, historian and journalist. He died at the age of sixty five. When a servant asked him whether he had any last words, he roared “Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.” (source)

5. Joe DiMaggio

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He was an American major league baseball center fielder who was married to Marilyn Monroe. According to his lawyer and confidant, Morris Engelberg, Joe died with Marilyn Monroe’s name on his lips. “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn,” DiMaggio whispered. (source)

6. Terry Kath

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Terry Kath was an American musician and song writer. He was known as the lead guitarist of the rock band, Chicago. Jimi Hendrix described him as “the best guitarist in the universe”. He loved carrying guns around and enjoyed playing with them. On the day of his death, he picked a semiautomatic 9mm pistol, leaned back on his chair and told Johnson, their band technician, “Don’t worry about it … look, the clip’s not even in it”. Johnson was still worried, so Keith showed him the empty magazine, replaced it in the gun, placed it on his temple and pulled the trigger. Unfortunately, there was a round in the chamber and Keith died instantly. (source)

7. James Brown 

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He was an American recording artist and musician. He is often referred to as the “The Godfather of Soul”. His last words were to his longtime manager Charles Bobbit: “I’m going away tonight.” Bobbit didn’t believe him but a short time later, Brown closed his eyes and died after sighing three times. (source)

8. Errol Flynn 

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He was an Australian-American actor well known for his romantic roles in Hollywood films and for his playboy lifestyle. His last words were “I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.” (source)

9. Elvis Presley

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Elvis Aaron Presley was an American actor and singer. He was well know as the “the king of rock and roll” or just “the king”. His final words were revealed by his fiancée Ginger Alden. According to her, Elvis’s last words were “I’m going to the bathroom to read.” (source)

10. George Washington

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He was the first president of the United States of America. He died in 1799 while at Mount Vernon. His last words were to secretary, Tobia Lear: “I am just going. Have me decently buried, and do not let my body be put into the vault in less than three days after I am dead. Do you understand me?”Lear said, “Yes.”

Washington’s last words were, “‘Tis well.” (source)


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