When we look up to famous people we tend to really care about ,or at least want to hear what they have to say. All the more so, their last words before they passed on. As sad as it may be to think about our favorite stars on their deathbed, their final words are not only extremely intriguing and probably very tragic, but can also be quite inspiring. How interesting it would be to know what the world’s most famous people were thinking or saying before they passed away? These 50 stars’ last words will live on forever.
The legendary singer died when he was 88 years old of a heart attack. The blue eyed boy’s last words were ““I’m losing it”, and as short and vague as they may seem, the singer and song writer will always be remeberred as one of the most influential performers in history. Sinatra passed away when he was surrounded by his close ones at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In a very emotional tribute, the lights that lit the Empire State Building were switched to blue, the night after the “Ol’ Blue Eyes’ death.
The 1984 and Animal Farm Author was only 46 when he passed away, which makes his last words even more sensational as they were “At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves”. Seems very fitting for the prophetic novelist. Orwell married his wife, Sonia Brownell on on 13 October 1949 three months before he passed away at a wedding that took place in University College Hospital, due to his declining health. Orwell eventually died after ann artery burst in one of his lungs on January 21, 1950.
Hemingway’s last words sound like they were taken out of an end of a dramatic play as they reportedly were “Goodnight, my kitten”. The writer, who had suffered from heavy drinking which had affected his mental decline, shot himself when he was only 61. The funeral was officiated by a loal pries in Ketchum, who believed his death was accidental and not an intentional one. The service was attended by his family and friends and his brother wrote: “It seemed to me Ernest would have approved of it all.”
Just as his products are famous for their minimalistic and clean design, so were the last words of the CEO of Apple as they repeatedly were “Oh Wow”. These two words sadly but very directly sum up his pancreatic cancer battle lost in 2011. On the day of his death Apple and Pixar announced that although there was no public service planned, people were welcome to send their condolences to a special email address that was created specifically for that. A private ceremony, however, was held for Apple’s employees and celebrities such as Nirah Jones, oldplay and Al Gore attended the service.
Brown was probably not known for his subtleness, and his final words were as direct as he was “I’m going away tonight.” The Soul music Godfather died on Christmas Day in 2006 after he said goodbye to his family. After the singer’s death, a public memorial servicee was taking place at the Appollo Theater in New York and was attended by many colleagues from the music world such as Ice Cube, Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J and more.
The star’s final words will give you the chills just thinking about the tragic situation. The iconic star tragically died in a car crash and his friend who was in the car with him when it happened said that Dean was heard saying: ““That guy’s gotta stop…He’ll see us”. The news of the good looking actor’s death, who was fond of the racing world, traveled fast through different media and it was highly covered around the world. Due to the severe injuries after the accident, his coffin stayed closed.
John F. Kennedy
President Kennedy’s last conversation before he was publicly shot in his motorcade will be engraved in history forever. Kennedy was told by a friend moments before he was assassinated “You cannot say that Dallas hasn’t given you a nice welcome”, and Kennedy replied, “No, you certainly can’t”. Jacqueline Kennedy and the two children she had with Kennedy were buried with the former president and his brotherm Robert was also buried closeby.
Another tragic assassination makes our hearts skip a beat when we think about the final words. The famous Beatle was shot by a crazy fan named Mark David Chapman, and when a policeman asked Lennon if he was John Lennon in an attempt to keep him alive, Lennon said “Yes, I am”. Lennon was shot four times in his back when he returend to his New York home with his wife Yoko Ono. The singer was rushed to the emergency room but unfortunately was pronounced dead not too long after.
The African American Activist was keeping his influential manners even when he was dying. The civil rights fighter’s last words to his assassins were “Hold it! Let’s be cool, brothers!” We can learn a lot about his character from the choice of his last words. His public funeral was broadcasted by a local station and speakers were placed outside the church for the abundance of people attended. Many other activists attended the service such as John Lewis, Jesse Gray and Ossie Davis.
Marilyn Monroe never imagined that her husband’s last words would refer to her. As sad as it was, DiMaggio’s final words pretty romantic when he said “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn”. DiMaggio was a heavy smoker for most of his life. After his lung cancer surgery he stayed at the hospital for almost a hundred days and after he returned home, he died on January 19, 1999. His son died just a few months after when he was 57.
We guess it doesn’t matter how old a person is, he’s always going to be a Mama’s boy. When the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” writer was on his deathbed at 59 after he suffered from a liver disease caused by his drinking his last words were “Mama”. Capote’s ashes after he was cremated were split between his old friend Joanne Carson and Capote’s companion of many years, author Jack Dunphy.
Most deaths are tragic, but the amazing vocalist and astonishing signer’s death gives you the chills. Houston who towards her last days were knows to be a drug addict died after she drowned in the bathtub as a result of doing cocaine. Her last tragic words were “I’m gonna go see Jesus”. Many A listers who were friends with the amazing singer released their feelings to her death in different statements. For example, the legendary Dolly Parton said: I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.”
We’re pretty sure Kurt Russell owns his acting career to the legendary Disney. It’s still till these days not clear why the famous animator and producer wrote “Kurt Russell” on a piece of paper when he was dying of lung cancer. The only guess is that Disney had high hopes for the former child star. Disney, who was a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1966, and just ten days after his 65th birthday he passed away.
What would Freud say about his own death? The famous psychoanalyst, who had cancer committed suicide using the help of a fellow physician. Freud’s last analysis was well said in his reported last words “This is absurd!”. Freud’s body was cremated three days after he died and his ashes were later put at the crematorium’s Ernest George Columbarium. They are placed in an ancient Greek jar that Freud once received as a gift from Princess Bonaparte.
Even on his deathbed, the silent film and comic star was being his usual funny self. When a priest administered his last rights and told the actor ‘May the Lord have mercy on your soul’ Chaplin replied with ‘Why not? After all, it belongs to him.” The comedy actor died at his home after he had a stroke when he was 88. His funeral was a small one according to what he requested. Fellow actor Bob Hope stated that “We were lucky to have lived in his time.”
The infamous singer and performer’s last words were “More Milk” when he requested more liquid to help him fight the chronic pains he was going through due to his substance addiction. It seems quite fitting for Jackson, who was always on the border line of infantility. His high profile memorial service was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. His memorial was watched live by streaming by over 31 million people in the United States alone.
Who would have thought that The King himself would die in the least royal way. The RockNRoll legend’s final words were “I’m going to the bathroom to read”. He died shortly after from his heart conditions that was probably while sitting on the toilet. His cocaine usage probably didn’t help that either. The legend died when he was only 42 and every year on the anniversary of his death date, many people and fans go to his Memphis home to celebrate his life and legacy.
The British essayist who never had a problem with words, unexpectedly, on his deathbed, the only thing that he muttered was his wife’s name ‘Valerie” before he passed away. Sometimes you don’t need much to express so much romanticism, and only a true writer knows that. The writer died of emphysema when he was at his home in London and he was cremated. According to his request, his ashes were brought to America to St Michael and All Angels’ Church in East Coker.
The former First Lady was always known as a lady who is not afraid to speak her mind and she was like that until the very end. Eleanor reportedly replied to a nurse who told her that she would only die once she’d fulfilled God’s plan for her, “Utter nonsense”. Now that’s a bold response to leave with. Roosevelt died at the age of 78 due to cardiac failure at her home in Manhattan. Former President at the time, John F. Kennedy requested the world to lower flags to half-staff.
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
The leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, AKA, Dr King spoke his last words to musician Ben Branch when he said ‘Ben, make sure you play ‘Take my Hand, Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.’ King’s assassin was James Earl Ray who shot him while he was standing on a balcony of a motel. An emergency surgery did not help King and he sadly died at St. Joseph’s Hospital when he was only 39.
The Academy Award winner was a man’s man until the end of his life. And although we should probably live life without regrets, Bogie’s memorable sentence was “I should have never switched from Scotch to martinis.” We could live with that. Bogart was cremated and his remains were scattered in California at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale. His cancer eventually killed him when he was 57 years old.
There’s nothing like a father-daughter bond, when he was on his deathbed and his daughter was sitting right there next to him, she asked her father “Do you know who I am?” and Wayne replied, “Of course I know who you are. You’re my girl. I love you”. Wayne eventually died of stomach cancer when he was 72. He was part of a cancer vaccine study, but the attempts to stop the disease unfortunately failed.
The French fashionista and designer always knew what she wanted when it came to fashion, business and, well, life itself. Even her final words were as firm as she was announcing “See, this is how you die”. The fashion icon, who was starting to feel ill in the beginning of 1971, eventually passed away in her bed at the Hotel Ritz, after she managed to carry out the Spring catalogue. Her beautiful ceremony was occupied by A listers from the fashion world and her coffin was covered with tons of different flowers. Her final words couldn’t be more fitting.
When your screen life and real life get tangled it’s always sad when you think about it. Everyone remembers the tragic death of the Fast & Furious star who died, almost cynically , in a car crash. “We’ll be back in five minutes” were his final words as he was leaving a charity event. Two years after his death, his daughter, Meadow, filled a lawsuit against the car conglomerate, Porsche blaming the design defects of the Porsche Carrera GT that caused her father’s death.
Although he was notorious for his inspiring speeches and rhetoric, after he suffered from multiple strokes throughout his life, the British Prime Minister was not so uplifting leading to his death as his recorded last words were ‘Oh, I am so bored with it all. Upon his death, Queen Elizabeth II honored him by throwing a state memorial service, and until these days he is considered one of the more influential leaders in history.
When you are a true elegant woman, you will act gracefully until the end of days. When the French Aristocrat was facing the guillotine, she was kind enough to apologize to her executioner for stepping on his feet. Antoinette has a long and historical legacy that still lives on till this very day. She had four children. Marie was executed on October 16 1793 by guillotine after she was charged with disloyalty and she was only 37.
Joining the unfortunate 27 club, Amy Winehouse’s last words were “I don’t want to die”. The Rehab singer had no idea that two hours later she would lose it to alcohol poisoning. The gifted singer’s funeral was held at Edgwarebury Lane cemetery in north London and was attended y many friends, family and celebrities including Kelly Osbourne, Mark Ronson and more. Her parents founded The Amy Winehouse Foundation to help prevent young people from drug misuse.
Getting divorced doesn’t mean you have to be hostile with one another. Take it from I Love Lucy stars and real life couple,Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who even after they seperated they remained quite close. In fact, Arnaz’s last words to his ex were “I love you too, Honey. Good Luck with your show”. Arnaz’s love for cigarettes probably did not help. He was reportely smoking for most of his life, on and off camera and was duagnosed with lung cancer in 1986 until he passed away just a few months after when he was 69.
Her death until these days is still a mystery as it’s not very quite clear if she accidentally or not died of overdose. However, the painter’s final poetic words which were found in her journal were ‘I hope the exit is joyful and hope never to come back. Her last exhibition which happened thanks to photographer Lola Alvarez Bravo, was a very emotional one. Kahlo asked to move her deathbed to where the exhibition gallery was taking place in Mexico as she was ordered not leave her bed.
Now that’s a line to take it to the grave. The comedian who was a 100 years old when he passed away, couldn’t help but make his wife laugh before he died. When she asked him where he wanted to be burried, he hysterically replied “Surprise me!”. The actor and comedian died two months after his 100th birthday! as a result of pneumonia in his Toluca Lake home. His wife Dolores also died at a very respctful age when she was 102 years old.
The famous poet was always famous with his vibrant words. His last remark was not only wit but very typical: “The wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go”. The novelist died on November 30, 1900 and the cause of his death is debatable. Some may think it was meningitis, while Richard Ellmann for example stated that it was syphilitic. His physicians however said it was due to old suppuration of his right ear.
Drinking and driving is never a good idea. The Jackass star who had been probably closer to death more times than most people have or ever will be, ended his life in a bad car accident after he was drinking and driving and right after he texted his best friend “Stopping for a beer, be there when I can”. Dunn had even managed to post a picture on his Twitter account hours before he his accident of him and his friend drinking at a bar in West Chester.
The woman definitely knows what she wants and doesn’t want out of life. The famous novelist who had suffered from cancer and tuberculosis refused to see a doctor which probably didn’t help her chances of living after the age of 41. Her last dramatic words were “I want nothing, but death”. Despite her declining health, Austen continued to work on her novels until she ultimately put doen her pen on March 18, 1817.
When it came to death the Vertigo director was definitely quite skeptic as he was quoted saying ‘One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes. Close to the end of his life, he worked on writing for a thriller named The Short Night, however his health decline prevented from the screenplay to be filmed. It did come to ;ife later when Daviv Freeman published his book The Last Days of Alfred Hitchcock in 1999.
As sad and tragic as they can be, we just can’t resist getting all soft when people chose to mention their loved ones on thier deathbed. The actor, who passed away at the age of 89 was completely devastated by his wife’s passing a few years beforehand and to close that circle his final words were “I’m going to be with Gloria now”. Stewart was surrounded by his children in his Beverly Hills house. Many celebrities attended his memorial service.
Quite fittingly, even when he was facing death, the comedian announced ‘Well, this is no way to live’. As a master of quick and and amazing wit, we find this to be genius. After he was hospitalized with pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on June 22, 1977, he died at that same pkace almost two months after when he was 86. Groucho is probably the most recognized Marx brother and his clear trademarks such as his mustache and eyeglasses have become a comedy icon.
That’s a perfect example of a good sport. The singer who was a big Golf fan, died of a heart attack in the late 70’s aftter he finished a game playing 18 holes. His final statement was “That was a great game of golf, fellas”. His long time colleauge and good frriend, Bob Hope, wrote about his dear friend in his autobiography “Dear old Bing. As we called him, the Economy-sized Sinatra. And what a voice. God I miss that voice. I can’t even turn on the radio around Christmas time without crying anymore”.
The Crocodile Hunter’s death is very tragic as he’s been exploring the wildlife for years, so it’s only sad to think that he was killed by the stingray while filming an underwater documentary. His last words were “Don’t worry, they usually don’t swim backwards” as he was approaching a stingray that later took his life. At least he died doing what he loves most. The news of his tragic death hit the world with shock and the reactions were acoordingly. For example Australia’s former Prime Minister, Jihn Howard stressed: “Australia has lost a wonderful and colourful son”.
The legendary jazz drummer wasn’t known for his great tact because when he was asked by a nurse “Is there anything you can’t take?”, Rich replied “Yeah, country music”. Buddy died as a result of a heart failure after he went through brain surgery. Rich didn’t stop what he loved most until his very last day and comtinued to perform and tour. On April, 1987 he passed away due to a heart failure that followed a surgery and was 69 when he passed died.
Prince Rogers Nelson
The singer’s last recorded words were “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers” to his fans and audience, referring to a hospital visit he paid just a few days before his death. Prince eventually died at his home. The legendary singer died when he was only 57 years old at his home. After further examination it was said that the singer had died of fentanyl overdose.
“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott
The guitar player’s final words before he was brutally shot three times straight in his head were “Van Halen”. This bizarre pair of words probably refers to the other rock band. It appears the performer took his professional life a little to hard. Abbott was shot and murdered on stage on December 8, 2004 his concert with Damageplan in Ohio. The singer was shot three times in the head which killed him immediately.
Although according to him he was just fine, the Grammy Award winner with the bass voice was nothing but fine as he suffered from bad health years before he actually passed away, thats why his final words “Leave me alone, I’m fine” are even more painful. White, who was overwiegt thtough his adult life weighed 375 pounds at a certain point and this defintely didn’t help his health condition. White eventually died when he was only 58 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA.
She might have been in her worst shape in terms of her health, but when it comes to her scent she knew how to make herself feel better because when Ball, who seemed as if she was recovering from her aortic transplant, was asked if there was anything she needed, she surprisingly answered “My Florida Water”. The actress died after she complained of chest pains on April 18, 1989, however after very unsuccessful attempts to save her life she ultimately passed away on April 26, just eight days after.
Who would have thought that one day Opera would become a genre that many people can relate to? And this change is very much due to the iconic singer who helped make Opera more approachable.“I believe that a life lived for music is an existence spent wonderfully, and this is what I’ve dedicated my life to”. The Opera singer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in 2006 and died a year later at his home in Modena, the same city where his funeral was held in.
“Pistol” Pete Maravich
The death in this horrible case is so far fetched. The basketball player who died in his favorite place and where he probably mostly felt at home, the court, didn’t actually drop dead at a pro game, rather it was while he was playing at court that belongs to a Church just minutes after he was saying “I feel great”. After the player collapsed to his death, it was realized that it was a rare congenital defect that caused his sudden death.
There’s no surprise this last statement came from a serial killer: “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the Rock, and I’ll be back like Independence Day with Jesus, June 6, like the movies, big mother ship and all, I’ll be back”. Wuornos was imprisoned at the Florida Department of Corrections Broward Correctional Institution, and was sentenced for a death row. She was executed on October 9, 2002 and reportedly declined her last meal.
The problem with being a big Hollywood star is that just as you may rise quickly, you could also experience a massive downfall. The Superman star from the 50’s experienced a major depression after his big career went downhill and his dreadful last words “I’m tired. I’m going back to bed” right before he shot himself to death, make it even more tragic. Reeves devastating tragic death in his bedroom at his Benedict Canyon home will forever remain a tragedy.
When a person is looking death in the eye, we guess all sorts of emotions run high, and only a phenomenal actress can express her feelings like Crawford. When the actresse’s housekeeper prayed for her on her deathbed, Crawford basically yelled at the poor lady: “Dammit! Don’t you dare ask God to help me!”. Crawford’s final years were very full in terms of her personal work when she published her autobiography named A Portrait of Joan and later another book called a My Way of Life, which pretty much sums up her whole entire being. It’s alway nice to have a memoir that lives on after death.
The Joker star probably never thought he wouldn’t wake up from this terminal sleep. His final words were to his sister over the phone ‘It’ll be fine, you know. I just need to get some sleep.’ The innocence of his belief is what makes it even more tragic. While she tried to stop him from mixing drugs up the young actor ended up going his own way. Literally. The actor’s death kept fans puzzled even months after it happened due to its surprise and blurriness of the circumstances.
The rock singer and guitar player rose to fame in the sixties and until this day he is considered one of the greatest instrumentalists of all time. Although the last hours he spent still remain vague, it was reported that he did spend his last day in London with his then girlfriend, Monika Dannemann. Monika spoke about the last hours she spent with the musician saying that the two had a meal at her Notting Hill Apartment, shared a bottle of wine and talked until the morning came. According to her, Hendrix’s last words were “I need help bad, man!” before the two fell asleep. Dannemann said she found the singer unconscious later that morning and he sadly passed away at the hospital on September 18, 1970.
The Mrs. Doubtfire actor who died way too early at the age of 63, was one of the favorite comedians in Hollywood history. The funny man tragically committed suicide due to the serious depression he was suffering from which was most likely connected to his poor health condition, posted his last Instagram post back in July on his daughter Zelda account. The message read:“#tbt and Happy Birthday to Ms .Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday @zeldawilliams Love you!”. Williams died just a month later at his California home.
The English singer and songwriter who has been a music icon for over 40 years passed away just two days after he turned 69 after he had suffered from liver cancer. The colorful music icon sold over 100 million records during his lifetime. In one of his last talks with his long time friend, Gary Oldman, Bowie was cited sharing his thoughts about his prosperous music career: “Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences..I can’t say that life’s pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of [music], but it has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I have been lonely and sublime means of communications when I have wanted to touch people.It has been my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.”
The sensational 80’s pop icon who was part of the duo, Wham! before he went off to start his solo career had sadly passed away this last Christmas when he was only 53 years old. During his last live performance back in 2012 he was addressing his fans who came to hear him sing at London’s Earl’s Court saying these touching things: “It has truly been a privilege to play with these musicians for the last year and we want to say a big thank you to you all. London, I love you so much. Sorry for making you wait to hear that; I hope it’s been worth the wait. Take care of yourselves.” While the cause for his death remains unknown, many fans are grieving one of the greatest losses that the music industry has known.
The talented rapper probably did not expect the turn of events leading to his shocking death on the night he was killed. The 25 year old artist was fatally shot after he left a boxing match with his friends. The two who went to see Mike Tyson match against Bruce Seldon, stepped outside the MGM Grand Hotel and got into a fight which left the rapper bleeding to his death. The officer who found the singer at the scene revealed that his final words of the late artist to him were “F**k You.”
There is no wonder that the last words of the lead guitarist of the magnificent four were so serene. Being known for probably being the most peaceful and quiet Beatle, Harrison’s last words after battling cancer for quite a few years were “Love One Another”. This simple and touching message couldn’t have been more suitable due to his very relaxed and living nature. George Harrison passed away when he was 59 years old.
The final words of the multi talented icon, Jane Dornacker will give you the chills. Dornacker who was a rock artist as well as a traffic reporter, was tragically killed just as she started one of her reports on WNBS Radio. The helicopter she was aboard nose dived and crashed into the Hudson River and sank in. According to the crash transcript, her last recorded words were ” Hot the water! Hit the water! HIT THE WATER!”. These words sure give you a sense of what she was feeling moments before her tragic death. Dornacker died on her way to the hospital when she was only 39 years old.
The English physicist was one of the more influential mathematicians in history and he sure did change the way scientists perceived the physical universe after Newton’s formulated the two laws of motion and gravitation in his works. He was known to be a humble person and he remained that way until his last day when his final words were: “I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
The crooner with the bass voice who was an inseparable part of the show business for over three decades died while he was doing one of his favorite things in the world, playing golf. The singer died of a heart attack while he was golf playing at the La Moraleja club golf, just outside of Madrid. His last words to his peers were “That was a great game of golf, fellers!”. Crosby died at the age of 74.
As sad as it may be to go back and remember our favorite celebrities’ last words, we cant help but get excited over some of the more touching and genuine ones. Cary Grant, a British American actor who was known for his film, Bringing Up Baby alongside Audrey Hephburn in 1938, was a true gentelmen till the last day he was alive. After the leading man suffered a stroke he was brought to intensive care, and the last words his uttered to his worried wife were “I love you, Barbara. Don’t worry.”
Always with a great sense of humor, Carrie Fisher didn’t disappoint her fans when she last approached them on Twitter just a few days before she passed away. Fisher, who is mostly known for her legendary role as Princess Leia on the Star Wars sequence, was waiting for a flight at the EuroStar lounge in Calais when she posted this hilarious tweet: “People have aged so much you can’t even get them to domotion capture” — as though these folks are disobedient. Auditions are held. Gary didn’t get cast.”. Carrie was referring to her dog, Gary, who didn’t end up being cast on a film. Her tweet was filled with funny emojis, which proves once again that Carrie Fisher was really like no one else and just a real life princess, and her death at the age of 60 is truly tragic.
“I want to be with Carrie” were Hollywood legend, Debbie Reynolds, final words before she was rushed to the hospital. Hollywood could not have written this sad and tragic script any better, even if it wanted to. Reynolds, the iconic star from the 50’s, died at the age of 84, just one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher passed away. Reynolds were at her son’s house planning her daughter’s funeral, when she fell ill and supposedly had a stroke. According to Todd Fisher, Reynold’s son, his mother was shattered by her daughter’s death the previous day.
It doesn’t get more real than that and sometimes even if you’re a big starm when it comes to facing death you’re just like anyone else. The star who is famous for her role in Charlie’s Angels, was filmed while she was vomiting and sadly screaming: The Charlie’s Angel star was caught on camera while she was vomiting saying to the crew who documented her battle with cancer “Why aren’t you filming this? This is what cancer is”.