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The grisly thought about a deathbed might be quite unnerving for anyone, but not for these famous people. Knowing the last words that someone spoke can sometimes throw light on their character or on the circumstances in which they died. You can't help but feel that some of the last quotes by famous people on this list encapsulate their personas. These phrases are also known as the final words, a commonly used phrase to describe a person’s last words before death.

And these celebrities’ last words vary so much! From the ever-level-headed Winston Churchill, who declared in his final moments that he was ‘so bored with it all’ to Malcolm X’s last words asking for peace and Michael Jackson’s last words requesting “milk,” an anesthetic. Some of these final words are deep and profound, while others are short of winning the funniest last words contest. 

This list of celebrities’ last words was compiled by Imgur user howsthepeeping. Do you know of any last words and inspirational quotes that belong on this list? We’d love to have them on this list, though we ask our readers to please keep both their comments and their submissions respectful of these people’s memories.

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Todd Beamer Was A Passenger On United Flight 93, September 11, 2001. These Are His Last Recorded Words At The End Of A Cell Phone Call Before Beamer And Others Attempted To Storm The Airliner's Cockpit To Retake It From Hijackers. The Plane Crashed Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Todd Beamer’s last words spoken - "ARE YOU GUYS READY? LET'S ROLL."

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#2

Jimi Hendrix Wrote This In A Poem Found Next To Him On His Deathbed. This Was The Final Sentence In The Poem

Jimi Hendrix’s last words spoken - "THE STORY OF LIFE IS QUICKER THAN THE BLINK OF AN EYE THE STORY OF LOVE IS HELLO AND GOODBYE, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN."

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What Are the Most Common Last Words Before Death? 

Most often, the last words before death are quite brief because there isn’t much energy left to hold a full conversation. In fact, some of these last words of famous people might not be exactly the very last ones they said, either. 

It’s been observed that the last words can be mumbled curse words or something seemingly insignificant to those listening but of great importance to the person saying them. Often, the very last words could be asking to see their parents or loved ones or telling them they’re loved no matter what. 

And while most of us won’t be quoted on our final words, there are these famous people whose legacy and their last words will be remembered forever. And to quote Billie Holiday’s last words, let’s not be in such a hurry to forget.

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#6

Charlie Chaplin Said This After A Priest Reading Him His Last Rites Said "May The Lord Have Mercy On Your Soul"

Charlie Chaplin’s last words spoken - "WHY NOT? AFTER ALL, IT BELONGS TO HIM."

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#7

Leonard Nimoy's Final Public Words, Sent In The Form Of A Tweet

Leonard Nimoy's last words spoken - "A LIFE IS LIKE A GARDEN PERFECT MOMENTS CAN BE HAD, BUT NOT PRESERVED, EXCEPT IN MEMORY."

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#8

Karl Marx's Response When Asked By His Housekeeper What His Last Words Were

Karl Marx's last words spoken - "LAST WORDS ARE FOR FOOLS WHO HAVEN'T SAID ENOUGH!"

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#9

Jack Daniel

Jack Daniel’s last words spoken - "ONE LAST DRINK, PLEASE."

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#10

T.S. Eliot Was Only Able To Whisper One Word As He Died: “Valerie,” The Name Of His Wife

T.S. Eliot’s last words spoken - "VALERIE."

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I got tears in my eyes as I read this. Valerie. Heart wrenching.

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#12

Joe Dimaggio Talking About His Former Wife, Marilyn Monroe

Joe Dimaggio’s last words spoken - "I'LL FINALLY GET TO SEE MARILYN."

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#14

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Died At Age 71 In His Garden. He Turned To His Wife And Said, “You Are Wonderful,” Then Clutched His Chest And Died

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s last words spoken - "YOU ARE WONDERFUL."

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

he will always be the number one. bless his soul. I love him

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#18

Ernest Hemingway Said This To His Wife Before Committing Suicide

Ernest Hemingway’s last words spoken - "GOODNIGHT, MY KITTEN.."

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

those who commit suicide are both very brave and cowards....can you imagine being so afraid of life and what it brings,but being brave enough to pain your body for you to travell to unknown...suicide is a paradox

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#19

R. D. Laing Suffered A Fatal Heart Attack In Public, And As People Gathered Around The Spot, Someone Said "Get A Doctor"

R. D. Laing’s last words spoken - "I'M A FUCKING DOCTOR."

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#20

John Jacob Astor IV And His Wife Were Travelling On The Titanic When It Struck An Iceberg And Began To Sink. Astor Gave Up His Seat Next To His Wife To Some Female Passengers And Spoke His Final Words To His Wife; He Was Later Found Floating In The Ocean, Dead

John Jacob Astor’s last words spoken - "THE LADIES HAVE TO GO FIRST GOODBYE, DEARIE. I'LL SEE YOU LATER."

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#21

Olavo Bilac

Olavo Bilac’s last words spoken - "GIVE ME COFFEE, I'M GOING TO WRITE."

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#22

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso’s last words spoken - "DRINK TO ME, DRINK TO MY HEALTH, YOU KNOW I CAN'T DRINK ANY MORE."

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#23

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov’s last words spoken - "I HAVEN'T HAD CHAMPAGNE FOR A LONG TIME."

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Ich sterbe!" ("I'm dying!") - Chekhov said, and drank a glass of champagne served to him to the bottom.

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#24

Kurt Cobain Quoted Neil Young Lyrics When He Wrote This Line In His Suicide Note

Kurt Cobain’s last words spoken - "IT'S BETTER TO BURN OUT THAN TO FADE AWAY."

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Firstly, pretty sure that's a Def Leppard lyric, not Neal Young. Secondly, I fully support the theory that he was murdered, for a few reasons. One, the shotgun used was found on his chest, as he lay on his back on the floor. Anyone who has ever used a shotgun, knows they kick like a mule and would not have stayed in place. And before anyone mentions that the grip of his hands would have kept it in place, no, it would not. A shot to the head, it's lights out, all muscles relax in that instant and are not holding on to anything. Second, the gun that was used was entirely too long to have made placing the barrel under one's chin and still being able to pull the trigger an easy feat. Not impossible, mind you, but awkward at best. The description of the scene seemed entirely too "clean" and didn't sit well with me. My first impression was then and remains, that he was murdered.

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#26

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe’s last words spoken - "LORD HELP MY POOR SOUL."

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#29

Marie Antoinette Said This As She Approached The Guillotine, Convicted Of Treason And About To Be Beheaded

Marie Antoinette’s last words spoken - "PARDON ME, SIR. I DID NOT DO IT ON PURPOSE."

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because she stepped on the executioner's foot, not because she believed herself guilty of real wrong doing.

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#30

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett’s last words spoken - "AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER. TERRY TOOK DEATH'S ARM AND FOLLOWED HIM THROUGH THE DOORS AND ON TO THE BLACK DESERT UNDER THE ENDLESS NIGHT. THE END."

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#31

Winston Churchill Said This Before Slipping Into A Coma And Dying Nine Days Later

Winston Churchill’s last words spoken - "I'M SO BORED WITH IT ALL."

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I heard that he said, "I am now ready to meet my maker, whether or not my maker is prepared to meet me is another story."

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#32

Elvis Presley Was On The Way To The Bathroom When His Fiancée Told Him: "Don't Fall Asleep In There"

Elvis Presley’s last words spoken - "OKAY, I WON'T."

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#33

John Belushi

John Belushi’s las words spoken - "JUST DON'T LEAVE ME ALONE."

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He was talking to Miss Smith who put the last needle in his arm and then left. He was alone. :(

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#34

Captain Edward Smith Was Heard Saying This Before Returning To The Bridge Of The Titanic Alone. The Ship Took Took Its Final Plunge Moments Later

Captain Edward Smith’s last words spoken - "WELL, BOYS, DO YOUR BEST FOR THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND LOOK OUT FOR YOURSELVES."

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#36

Alfred Jarry

Alfred Jarry’s last words spoken - "I AM DYING. BRING ME A TOOTHPICK."

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#37

Princess Diana

Princess Diana’s last words spoken - "MY GOD, WHAT'S HAPPENED?"

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A paparazzi said he heard her say "Oh my God, it hurts". That sounds right.

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#39

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs last words spoken - "OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW."

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#40

Carmen Ellis Said This To Jose Cruz, Her Mother's Boyfriend Who Was Sentenced To 75 Years In Prison For Killing Her

Carmen Ellis’s last words spoken - "PAPA, I HATE YOU"

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poor girl... She was only 3... She didn't deserve such a cruel stepfather, and he certainly never deserved the honour of being called "papa" by her :(

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#41

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart’s last words spoken - "I SHOULD NEVER HAVE SWITCHED FROM SCOTCH TO MARTINIS."

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Elizabeth Compton
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Actually in her book LAUREN BACALL BY MYSELF, his widow said his last words were "Goodbye kid."

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#43

Virginia Woolf's Last Sentence In Her Suicide Note To Her Husband

Virginia Woolf's last words spoken - "I DON'T THINK TWO PEOPLE COULD HAVE BEEN HAPPIER THAN WE HAVE BEEN."

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#44

Marvin Gaye Said This Moments Before Being Fatally Shot By His Father, Marvin Gaye, Sr

Marvin Gaye’s last words spoken - "MOTHER, I'M GOING TO GET MY THINGS AND GET OUT OF THIS HOUSE. FATHER HATES ME AND I'M NEVER COMING BACK."

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#45

John Carradine Died From Multiple Organ Failure At Fatebenefratelli Hospital In Milan, Italy At Age 82. Hours Before He Died, He Climbed The 328 Steep Steps Of Milan's Gothic Cathedral, The Duomo

John Carradine’s last words spoken - "MILAN... WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE."

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#46

Benjamin Franklin Was Laying On His Deathbed WHen His Daughter Suggested That If He Lay On His Side, He Could Breathe Easier

Benjamin Franklin’s last words spoken - "A DYING MAN CAN DO NOTHING EASILY."

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#47

Joan Crawford Said This To Her Housekeeper When She Began To Pray Aloud

Joan Crawford’s last words spoken - "DAMMIT... DON'T YOU DARE ASK GOD TO HELP ME."

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I cant believe she said that God have mercy now she died there is no second chance only God knows

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#48

Sam Cooke Said This After Being Shot At The Hacienda Motel

Sam Cooke’s last words spoken - "LADY, YOU SHOT ME!"

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#49

Michael Landon's Family Gathered Around His Bed, And His Son Said It Was Time To Move On. Landon Said, “You’re Right. It’s Time. I Love You All”

Michael Landon's last words spoken - "YOU'RE RIGHT. IT'S TIME. I LOVE YOU ALL.”

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#50

Jessica Dubroff, A Seven-year-old Pilot, Said This To Her Mother By Telephone As The Engines Revved

Jessica Dubroff’s last words spoken - "DO YOU HEAR THE RAIN?"

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why the f**k would anyone get an idea to have a child fly a plane?! What drugs were they taking?!!!

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#51

Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer’s last words spoken - "NOTHING SOOTHES PAIN LIKE HUMAN TOUCH."

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#52

Chris Farley Said This To A Prostitute As She Left His Hotel Room Following A Weekend-long Drug And Sex Binge. When She Turned Around, He Had Collapsed

Chris Farley’s last words spoken - "PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME."

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#53

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy’s last words spoken - "MOM, I'M DYING."

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Kelly Smith
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How do you know when you are dying? What would that feel like? My mother knew...she had been sedated for five days with no fluid or food....she opened her eyes and turned to look at each of us standing around her bed. Then closed her eyes and never drew another breath. How did she know? What did she feel?

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#54

Aaron Burr Was An Atheist. His Last Words Were A Response To The Efforts Of His Friend, Reverend P.j. Van Pelt, To Get Burr To State That There Was A God

Aaron Burr’s last words spoken - "ON THAT SUBJECT I AM COY."

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#55

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll’s last words spoken - "TAKE AWAY THOSE PILLOWS I SHALL NEED THEM NO MORE."

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#56

Dimebag Darrell Said This While Playing With Damageplan At A Club Minutes Before He Was Shot And Killed Onstage

Dimebag Darrell’s last words spoken - "VAN HALEN!"

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a Pantera fan hardcore ...Van Halen was a cue to play as hard as they could and leave it all out on the stage....that was all. Seriously RIP Dime and Vinny Paul 😭

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#57

Jane Austen's Response To Her Sister Cassandra Who Had Asked Her If She Wanted Anything

Jane Austen's last words spoken - "I WANT NOTHING BUT DEATH.."

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#59

Edward Abbey's Response As To Whether He Had Any Last Words (the Epitaph On His Memorial Stone Also Reads "No Comment")

Edward Abbey's last words spoken - "NO COMMENT."

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#60

Eric Garner

Eric Garner’s last words spoken - "I CAN'T BREATHE!"

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For the uneducated, this man was selling cigarettes on the streets when these cops agressively detained him, putting him in a choke hold thus killing him. The picture is necessary.

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Charles Schulz. From The Final Peanuts Comic Strip Released On February 13, 2000 (One Day After His Death)

Charles Schulz’s last words spoken - "CHARLIE BROWN, SNOOPY, LINUS, LUCY... HOW CAN I EVER FORGET THEM...!"

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#62

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen’s last words spoken - "DON'T ASK ME HOW I AM! I UNDERSTAND NOTHING MORE."

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Adam Goldstein (aka "DJ Am") Was Found Dead In His Apartment On 28 August 2009 After Friends Called Police When They Were Unable To Contact Him For Several Days. This Was His Last Contact With Friends And Family

Adam Goldstein’s last words spoken - "NEW YORK, NEW YORK, BIG CITY OF DREAMS, BUT EVERYTHING IN NEW YORK AINT ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS.”

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#64

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens’s last words spoken - "CAPITALISM. DOWNFALL."

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#65

Vince Lombardi Turned To His Wife Marie And Said, “Happy Anniversary. I Love You”

Vince Lombardi’s last words spoken - "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY I LOVE YOU."

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#66

Bill Hicks Didn't Die Until 11 Days Later, But He Quit Speaking After Saying This

Bill Hicks’s last words spoken - "I'VE SAID ALL THAT I'VE HAD TO SAY."

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#67

Bing Crosby Played 18 Holes Of Golf, Even When His Doctor Said To Only Do Nine. 20 Minutes After The Game, He Suffered A Fatal Heart Attack

Bing Crosby’s last words spoken - "THAT WAS A GREAT GAME OF GOLF, D FELLERS."

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#68

Heavy D's Final Tweet Sent Before Collapsing Outside His Beverly Hills Home In 2011

Heavy D's last words spoken - "BE INSPIRED."

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#69

John Dillinger, Famous American Bank Robber

John Dillinger’s last words spoken - "YOU GOT ME."

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Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson’s last words spoken - "NO MORE GAMES. NO MORE BOMBS. NO MORE WALKING. NO MORE FUN. NO MORE SWIMMING 67. THAT IS 17 YEARS PAST 50. 17 MORE THAN I NEEDED OR WANTED. BORING. I AM ALWAYS BITCHY. NO FUN-FOR ANYBODY. 67. YOU ARE GETTING GREEDY. ACT YOUR OLD AGE. RELAX - THIS WON'T HURT."

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#72

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman’s last words spoken - "I LOVE YOU AND MY HEAD HURTS."

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#73

Lawrence Oates, Antarctic Explorer

Lawrence Oates last words spoken - “I am just going outside and may be some time.”

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#74

Ultimate Warrior Addressed A Live Audience In What Would Be His Final Live Appearance. The Next Day, He Would Die Of A Heart Attack. These Were The Last Words The Public Heard Him Say

Ultimate Warrior’s last words spoken - "THE SPIRIT OF THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR WILL RUN FOREVER!"

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#75

Roger Ebert's Final Paragraph Of His Last Public Blog Post, Written Two Days Before His Passing

Roger Ebert's last words spoken - "I'LL SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES."

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I loved Roger Ebert! His audible book with him reading was phenomenal.

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#76

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth’s last words spoken - "I'M GOING OVER THE V VALLEY."

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#77

Kevin Cosgrove Said This In A 911 Call To Police During The September 11th Attacks From His Office Inside The South Tower Of The World Trade Center As The Tower Collapsed

Kevin Cosgrove’s last words spoken - "WE'RE OVERLOOKING THE FINANCIAL CENTER. TWO BROKEN WINDOWS. OH GOD! OH--"

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#78

Sam Kinison

Sam Kinison’s last words spoken - "WHY NOW? I DON'T WANT TO DIE. WHY?"

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Witnesses there said he was speaking as if to someone unseen. After the above comment, there was a pause and then he said, "oh, OK."

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#79

Graham Chapman Said This To His Adopted Son Who Had Just Arrived At The Hospital

Graham Chapman’s last words spoken - "HELLO"

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#80

Truman Capote Used His Aunt's Nickname For Him - 'Buddy'

Truman Capote’s last words spoken - "IT'S ME, IT'S BUDDY... I'M COLD."

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#81

Henry Ward Beecher (june 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) American Congregationalist Clergyman, Social

Henry Ward Beecher’s last words spoken - "Now comes the mystery."

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#82

James Brown

James Brown’s last words spoken - "I'M BURNING UP. BURNING UP”

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some people have died just after they said they were feeling and seeing flames.

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#83

David A. Johnston's Last Radio Transmission Before Being Killed In The May 1980 Eruption Of Mount St. Helens

David A. Johnston's last words spoken - "VANCOUVER! VANCOUVER! THIS IS IT! THIS IS..."

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#85

Charles Dickens Suffered A Stroke On A Walk Near His Home And Asked To Be Laid Down On The Ground

Charles Dickens’s last words spoken - "ON THE GROUND!"

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#87

Jackie Wilson Was Singing His Hit Song "Lonely Teardrops" When He Suffered A Massive Heart Attack On Stage. The Lack Of Oxygen To His Brain Left Him Comatose For The Remainder Of His Life. He Died Nine Years Later On 21 January 21, 1984

Jackie Wilson’s last words spoken - "MY HEART IS CRYING, CRYING..."

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#88

James Dean Said This Before Dying In A Car Accident

James Dean’s last words spoken - "THAT GUY'S GOT TO STOP HE'LL SEE US."

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This doesn't make any sense. He was in his car alone. When did he say it, to who and what context?

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