Category: Weird Articles
Published on Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00
When you are lying in your deathbed, nothing else matters anymore since you know you are going to leave the world soon. So there is no reason to lie and every reason to speak with great honesty. Near the end of your life, what would you say, or what deepest, darkest secrets would you reveal? These are the last words from 25 famous people who have long departed our world, some of them are sad, poignant, funny, touching and sometimes ironic.
1. Edward R. Murrow
TV News Anchor Edward R. Murrow said to his wife while patting her hand, “Well, Jan, we were lucky at that.”
2. Alfred Hitchcock
“One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes,” the director of 1960 American horror-thriller film “Psycho” said in good humor.
3. John Wayne
Actor John Wayne died at the age of 72. Before he passed, he turned to his wife and said, "Of course I know who you are. You’re my girl. I love you."
4. T.S. Eliot
Writer T.S. Eliot was only able to whisper one word as he died: “Valerie,” the name of his wife.
5. W.C. Fields
Actor and comedian W.C. Fields died in 1946. He last words were “God damn the whole friggin’ world and everyone in it but you, Carlotta.” He was speaking to Carlotta Monti, his longtime mistress.
6. Vince Lombardi
Football coach Vince Lombardi died of cancer in 1970. As he died, Lombardi turned to his wife Marie and said, “Happy anniversary. I love you.”
7. Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart's wife Lauren Bacall had to leave the hospital to pick up their kids, little did she know that was the last time she would hear him speak. As she left, Bogart said, “Goodbye, kid. Hurry Back.” Not quite, “Here's looking at you kid,” but it is close enough.
8. Winston Churchill
Ever the bad-ass, Sir Winston Churchill's last words were, “I'm bored with it all.”
9. James Brown
The Godfather of Soul knew his time was coming and lightheartedly said, “I'm going away tonight.”
10. Steve Jobs
According to Steve Jobs' sister, Mona, the Apple founder's last words were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”
11. Emily Dickinson
American poet Emily Dickinson remained ever the poetic genius she was even at her final moments. Her last words were, “I must go in, for the fog is rising.”
12. Derek Jarman
Derek Jarman was an artist, writer and film-maker. The internet will resonantly agree with his last words, “I want the world to be filled with white fluffy duckies.”
13. Groucho Marx
When Groucho Marx was dying, he let out one last quip: “This is no way to live!”
14. Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway battled depression for quite some time and before he committed suicide, he told his wife Mary, “Goodnight my kitten.”
15. Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories, died at age 71 in his garden. He turned to his wife and said, “You are wonderful,” then clutched his chest and died
16. James W. Rodgers
Murderer James W. Rodgers was put in front of a firing squad in Utah and asked if he had a last request. He humorously replied, “Bring me a bullet-proof vest.”
17. Benjamin Franklin
As Benjamin Franklin lay dying at the age of 84, his daughter told him to change position in bed so he could breathe more easily. Franklin’s last words were, “A dying man can do nothing easy.”
18. Johnny Ace
The R&B singer, died in 1954 while playing with a pistol during a break in his concert set. His last words were, “I’ll show you that it won’t shoot.”
19. Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was also overly modest, saying, “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” If only he knew.
20. Isaac Newton
When Sir Isaac Newton died, he was humble. He said, “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.”
21. Elvis Presley
In her new memoir, Ginger Alden reveals then-fiance Elvis Presley's final words before his death in 1977. During a night of sleeplessness, Presley told Alden, "I'm going to the bathroom to read." And then he was found dead in the toilet.
22. Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra died after saying, “I’m losing it.”
23. Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette remained a lady all the way to the end. As she was on the way to the guillotine, she stepped on the executioner's foot, and her last words were directed to him, “Pardonnez-moi, monsieur.”
24. Albert Abraham Michelson
Albert Abraham Michelson was the first person to measure the speed of light and was the first American to win a Nobel Prize for physics. Even as he was dying at age 78, he was measuring light. He wrote in his log: “The following is a report on the measurement of the velocity of light made at the Irvine Ranch, near Santa Ana, California, during the period of September 1929 to—.” He never completed the sentence.
25. Joan Crawford
Actress Joan Crawford yelled at her housekeeper, who was praying as Crawford lay dying. With whatever energy she could muster up, she shouted, “Damn it! Don’t you dare ask God to help me!”
After reading what these famous people's last words are, what would you want your last words to be? Mine would probably be “I'm on a highway to hell,” or “It has been a hell of a ride,” or “It's a good day to die hard.”