35 Celebrity’s Iconic Last Words

What do some of the most famous, intelligent, or entertaining people have to say as their last words before they pass? Some of these utterances are ironic, some are wise, some are loving, and some are even arrogant! But all of these celebrities had just one last thing to say right before they died. We all have to die sometime. But will we all have something profound and wise to say at the end of our lives?

The deathbed can lead a person to mutter some pretty profound stuff - or not. Although these prolific stars may no longer be with us, their legacy will always live on. Get a glimpse into their final moments on Earth with their eerie, thoughtful, or even funny final words. We will reveal the last and final words before death of some of the worlds favorite historical legends.

Rest In Peace to all these people who impacted our world in some way, shape or form.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams: actor, comedian, philanthropist. But it was his role offscreen, as a family man, that he held closest to his heart. At the age of 63, the comedic icon was found inside his home after hanging himself with a belt. In her first interview since her husband’s death in August 2014, Susan Schneider Williams bravely opened about her husband’s demons — and the complicated diagnosis she says ultimately led to his untimely death. Susan also shared her husband’s final words to her, and they are nothing short of tear jerking…

Robin Williams will forever be known as one of the funniest and most talented performers in the history of American entertainment. Susan broke down in tears as she shared the last words Robin said to her before he died. “I was getting in bed and he came in the room a couple of times… and he said, ‘Goodnight, my love.’ “And then, he came back again. He came out with his iPad, and he looked like he had something to do. “And that was like, ‘I think he’s getting better.’ “And then, he said ‘Goodnight, goodnight.’ “That was the last.'”


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Prince

Prince was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, actor, and director. He was known for his electric work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He won eight Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the 1984 film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Prince died April 21 at age 57, after being found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park, his home, and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. toxicology tests for Prince concluded that the entertainer died from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl, according to a report on his death by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office. Prince's Lawyer L. Londell McMillan spoke to Prince the Sunday before he died after it was reported that his plane made an emergency landing to deal with a medical emergency involving the singer. Prince assured McMillan he was fine. "He said he was doing perfect," McMillan recalled. "He said, 'OK, I'll call you soon."'

Tom Petty

Tom Petty was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Petty was found unconscious at his home, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest, early in the morning of October 2, 2017. He was taken to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, where he died at 8:40 pm PDT that evening. On January 19, 2018, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner announced that Petty had died from an accidental overdose of prescription pain medication. Petty's family revealed that he had suffered from multiple medical problems; those medical problems included emphysema, knee difficulties, and a hip fracture that occurred on Petty's final tour. Tom's final last words at a performance before playing his hit song "American Girl" was: "We love you dearly. I want to thank you for 40 years of a really great time. We're almost out of time. We got time for this, right here."


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Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner was an American businessman, magazine publisher and playboy. He was the founder of Playboy and editor-in-chief of the magazine, which he founded in 1953. He was also the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, which is the publishing group that operates the magazine. An advocate of sexual liberation and freedom of expression, Hefner was a political activist and philanthropist in several other causes and public issues.

Hefner died at his home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, on September 27, 2017, at the age of 91. According to his death certificate, the 91-year-old passed away after going into cardiac arrest and suffering from respiratory failure. The certificate also notes that Hefner suffered from a recent bout of E. coli and Septicemia (a severe blood infection), listing them as contributing factors to his declining health and eventual passing. In his last interview before death, he stated: "It's nice to look back on very sweet moments," Hefner told People magazine. "I just think I'm very, very blessed.""

Paul Walker

 

Actor Paul Walker's last words were: "We will be back in five minutes." This was said to Jim Torp, an engineer at the charity event where Walker was raising money for typhoon victims. On November 30, 2013, Walker and Roger Rodas, 38, left the charity event in Rodas's red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The car crashed into a concrete lamppost and two trees on Hercules Street, in a 45 miles per hour speed zone near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, after which the vehicle burst into flames.

Authorities determined that Rodas was driving the car while Walker was the passenger. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department declared both victims dead at the scene. Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries while Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal trauma, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. Both of their bodies were burned beyond recognition.


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Michael Jackson

The King of Pop's final last words were: "More milk." Conrad Murray, his personal physician, said: "He was pleading and begging to please please let him have some milk because that was the only thing that would work". The disgraced doctor was referring to propofol, the powerful hospital anaesthetic Jackson overdosed on the day he died. On June 25, 2009, Jackson fell unconscious while lying in bed at his rented mansion in Los Angeles. Jackson was reportedly not breathing and CPR was performed. Resuscitation efforts continued en route to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and for more than an hour after arriving there at 1:13 pm. He was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm Pacific time.

Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music, dance and fashion along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief. The news spread quickly online, causing websites to slow down and crash from user overload. Both TMZ and the Los Angeles Times suffered outages. Google initially believed that the millions of search requests meant their search engine was under DDoS attack, and blocked searches related to Michael Jackson for 30 minutes. Twitter reported a crash, as did Wikipedia.

Bob Marley

Bob Marley's values and beliefs were such that Jamaica's most famous son refused the toe-amputation that might well have saved his life following diagnosis with cancer in 1977 - instead, strict Rastafarian Bob Marley faced up to the inevitable with few complaints or regrets. When his time came, the reggae great summed up his philosophies in a heartfelt bedside message to his musician son Ziggy: "Money can't buy life."

While Marley was flying home from Germany to Jamaica, when his vital functions took a bad turn. After landing in Miami, Florida, he was taken to the hospital for immediate medical attention. Bob Marley died on 11 May 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami (now University of Miami Hospital) at the age of 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs and brain caused his death.


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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain, the chef who had become a world-traveling storyteller was found dead at age 61. He died in France while working on an episode of his CNN show, "Parts Unknown." He was found unresponsive in his hotel room by a close friend, chef Eric Ripert, on Friday morning. The cause of his death was suicide. Bourdain was best known for his travel shows, in which he told the stories of people and cultures around the world through the food they ate.

Although it is still unknown what his final words were, he said he always knew what he wanted to eat for his last meal on earth. "If I knew I was going to die tomorrow morning I'd probably be eating some really high-end sushi tonight." More specifically, he said that he'd like that sushi to come from Japan's famous Sukiyabashi Jiro.

Chris Farley

Comedian/Actor Chris Farley last day was Wednesday, December 17th, 1997. He spent it primarily with a hooker named Heidi. She joined Farley at a party in Lincoln Park (in Chicago) at 11 a.m. There were drugs going around. Later that day, Heidi took Farley back to her apartment - where they continued to smoke crack and snort heroin. Farley was clearly inebriated, and as she was leaving his apartment, he collapsed about 10 feet from the door. Heidi claimed she could hear that he was having difficulty breathing. He said to her, "Don't leave me." Figuring he had finally passed out, she snapped a photograph of him lying there and then left.

Chris Farley's brother John found him the next afternoon. Chris was still lying 10 feet from the door, wearing sweat pants and an open button down shirt. He was supposedly clutching a baseball cap and rosary beads. There was a blood-tinged fluid coming from his nose, and a white, frothy fluid coming from his mouth. John called 911. Chicago Fire Fighters received the call just after 2 p.m., and Farley was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 33 years old. When the toxicology results came back, his death was ruled as accidental. "Chris Farley died of opiate (morphine) and cocaine intoxication and his death was determined to be accident." Other things in his system that did not contribute to his death include Prozac, morphine, and marijuana.


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Kate Spade

Kate Spade, who created an iconic, accessible handbag line hanged herself in an apparent suicide at her Manhattan apartment. Police responded at 10:10 am after Spade was found by her housekeeper. A suicide note was found at the scene, he said. Spade addressed her daughter in the note, and she also referenced her husband. Best known for it's colorful handbags, Kate Spade New York has more than 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the United States and more than 175 stores internationally. According to police, Spade had been "drinking a lot" to get through her separation from husband Andy Spade and her business problems. Andy, who had been separated from Kate for a few months, was living in a nearby apartment. It was reported by her sister that one of the last things she said to her was, "Reta I know you hate funerals and don't attend them, but for me would you please come to mine, at least. Please!"

Kurt Cobain

Nirvana Rock Musician Kurt Cobain's final last words on his suicide note were: "It's better to burn out than to fade away." On April 8, Cobain's body was discovered at his Lake Washington Boulevard home by an electrician named Gary Smith who had arrived to install a security system. Apart from a minor amount of blood coming out of Cobain's ear, the electrician reported seeing no visible signs of trauma and initially believed that Cobain was asleep until he saw the shotgun pointing at his chin.

A note was found, addressed to Cobain's childhood imaginary friend "Boddah", that stated that Cobain had not "felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing... for too many years now". A high concentration of heroin and traces of diazepam were also found in his body. Cobain's body had been lying there for days; the coroner's report estimated Cobain to have died on April 5, 1994.

Steve Irwin

While filming a segment for his show, Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin was stabbed in the chest by a stingray. He said these words to his cameraman as he realized what was happening: "I'm dying." According to the incident's only witness, "All of a sudden [the stingray] propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail. Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds". Irwin initially believed he only had a punctured lung; the stingray's barb pierced his heart, causing him to bleed to death. The stingray's behavior appeared to have been a defensive response to being boxed in.

Crew members aboard Irwin's boat administered CPR and rushed him to shore. Medical staff pronounced him dead at the scene. Irwin's death is believed to be the only fatality from a stingray ever captured on video. News of Irwin's death prompted reactions around the world. Then-Prime Minister John Howard expressed "shock and distress" at the death, saying that "Australia has lost a wonderful and colorful son."


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Whitney Houston

Music Diva Whitney Houston's last words were: "I'm gonna go see Jesus, want to see Jesus." On February 9, 2012, Houston visited singers Brandy and Monica, together with Clive Davis, at their rehearsals for Davis' pre-Grammy Awards party at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. That same day, she made her last public performance, when she joined Kelly Price on stage in Hollywood, California, and sang "Jesus Loves Me".

Two days later, on February 11, Houston was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub. Beverly Hills paramedics arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m. and found the singer unresponsive and performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. PST. The cause of death was not immediately known. Local police said there were "no obvious signs of criminal intent".

On March 22, 2012, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported the cause of Houston's death was drowning and the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use". The office stated the amount of cocaine found in Houston's body indicated that she used the substance shortly before her death. Toxicology results revealed additional drugs in her system: diphenhydramine, alprazolam, cannabis and cyclobenzaprine. The manner of death was listed as an "accident".

Heath Ledger

 

Actor Heath Ledger's last words were: "Katie, Katie, look...it'll be fine, you know, I just need to get some sleep." Ledger said this over the phone to his sister Katie when he was anxious about not being able to sleep (he was going to take sleeping pills on top of his prescriptions for a chest cold and his sister warned him not to). On 22 January 2008, Ledger was found unconscious in his bed by his housekeeper, Teresa Solomon, and his masseuse, Diana Wolozin, in his fourth-floor loft apartment in Manhattan.

Two weeks later on 6 February 2008, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York released its conclusions, based on an initial autopsy of 23 January 2008 and a subsequent complete toxicological analysis. The report concludes, in part, "Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine." It states definitively: "We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescribed medications.


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Ryan Dunn

Actor Ryan Dunn's finals words were "Stopping for a beer, be there when I can." That was Dunn's last text to fellow actor Bam Margera before his crash. On June 20, 2011, Dunn and Zachary Hartwell, a production assistant on Jackass Number Two, were killed when Dunn's Porsche 911 GT3 veered off the road, hit a tree and burst into flames in West Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Dunn was 34 years old. He was buried at Highland Drive Cemetery, Brecksville, OH.

Dunn is remembered by friends and fans alike as the "go-to guy for outrageous stunts that even such stalwarts as Steve-O weren't willing to try" and "the kind of guy who would do anything for a friend," gaining the nickname "Random Hero". Many celebrities expressed their grief and condolences on Twitter including Sofia Coppola, Tom Green, Carey Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Tony Hawk and his Jackass cast members.

David Bowie

Bowie was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades, acclaimed by critics and fellow musicians for his innovative work. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million albums worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists.

On 10 January 2016, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album Blackstar, Bowie died from liver cancer in his New York City apartment. He had been diagnosed 18 months earlier but had not made the news of his illness public. The Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove, who had worked with the singer on his Off-Broadway musical Lazarus, explained that Bowie was unable to attend rehearsals due to the progression of the disease. He noted that Bowie had kept working during the illness. According to a speech given by long time friend and actor Gary Oldman, his final words were: "Music has been my doorway of perception and the house that I live in."


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Amy Winehouse

English Singer Amy Winehouse's last words were: "I don't want to die." Winehouse said this over the phone to her doctor two hours before she was found dead. Winehouse's bodyguard said that he arrived at her residence three days before her death and felt she was somewhat intoxicated. He observed moderate drinking over the next few days. He observed her "laughing, listening to music and watching TV at 2 a.m. the day of her death". According to the bodyguard, at 10 a.m. he observed her lying on her bed and tried unsuccessfully to rouse her.

This did not raise much suspicion because she usually slept late after a night out. According to the bodyguard, shortly after 3 p.m., he checked on her again and observed her lying in the same position as before, leading to a further check, in which he concluded that she was not breathing and had no pulse. He said he subsequently called emergency services.

A coroner's inquest reached a verdict of misadventure. The report released on 26 October 2011 explained that Winehouse's blood alcohol content was 416 mg per 100 ml (0.416%) at the time of her death, more than five times the legal drink-drive limit. According to the coroner, "The unintended consequences of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden death."

George Harrison

Beatles musican George Harrison's last words were: "Love one another." There was something in the way George moved us: he was certainly the quietest Beatle by nature, and perhaps the most peaceful in other ways, too. Of course, it makes complete sense that such a serene individual might find the simplest and most touching message with which to bid us farewell. Harrison had bravely battled cancer for some years, and chose these words with which to depart for that all-too-early date with inspiration.


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In 1997, Harrison was diagnosed with throat cancer and treated with radiotherapy, which was thought at the time to be successful. He publicly blamed years of smoking for the illness. In May 2001, it was revealed that he had undergone an operation to remove a cancerous growth from one of his lungs, and in July, it was reported that he was being treated for a brain tumour at a clinic in Switzerland. In November 2001, he began radiotherapy at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City for non-small cell lung cancer that had spread to his brain. On 29 November 2001, Harrison died at a friend's home in Los Angeles, aged 58.

Edgar Allen Poe

On October 3, 1849, American writer Edgar Allen Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore, "in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance", according to his physician Joseph W. Walker who found him. He was taken to the Washington Medical College where he died on Sunday, October 7, 1849 at 5:00 in the morning. Poe was never coherent long enough to explain how he came to be in his dire condition and, oddly, was wearing clothes that were not his own. He is said to have repeatedly called out the name "Reynolds" on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring. Some sources say that Poe's final words were "Lord help my poor soul". All medical records have been lost, including his death certificate.

Newspapers at the time reported Poe's death as "congestion of the brain" or "cerebral inflammation", common euphemisms for deaths from disreputable causes such as alcoholism. The actual cause of death remains a mystery. Speculation has included delirium tremens, heart disease, epilepsy, syphilis, meningeal inflammation, cholera, and rabies.

Marvin Gaye

"Mother, I'm going to get my things and get out of this house. Father hates me and I'm never coming back." Singer Marvin Gaye said just moments before his father shot him. At around 12:38PM on April 1, 1984, while Gaye was talking with his mother, his father Marvin Gay Sr. shot Gaye twice: in the heart and on his left shoulder respectively, the latter shot taken at point-blank range. The first shot proved to be fatal. Gaye was pronounced dead at 1:01PM after his body arrived at California Hospital Medical Center. Minutes earlier, the two men were involved in a physical altercation after Gaye intervened in an argument between his parents.


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After Gaye's funeral, his body was cremated at Forest Lawn Memorial Park at the Hollywood Hills, his ashes were later scattered at the Pacific Ocean. Initially charged with first-degree murder, Gay Sr.'s charges dropped to voluntary manslaughter following a diagnosis of a brain tumor and Gaye's autopsy revealed the singer had drugs in his system. Marvin Gay Sr. was later sentenced to a suspended six-year sentence and probation. He died at a nursing home in 1998.

John F. Kennedy

 

John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m. in Dallas Texas, while riding in a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza. Kennedy was riding with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally's wife, Nellie when he was fatally shot. The motorcade rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where President Kennedy was pronounced dead thirty minutes after the shooting occurred.

It was noted that during the motorcade, Nellie Connally turned around to the President, who was sitting behind her, and commented, "Mr. President, you can't say Dallas doesn't love you," to which President Kennedy acknowledges by saying "No, you certainly can't." These were the last words ever spoken by John F. Kennedy.

John Lennon


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Rock Musician John Lennon's last words were "I'm Shot" which he said to the receptionist of the building he was entering. John Lennon was an English musician who gained worldwide fame as one of the members of the Beatles, for his subsequent solo career, and for his political activism and pacifism. He was shot by Mark David Chapman in the archway of The Dakota, his residence in New York City, on 8 December 1980. Lennon, aged 40 at the time, had just returned from Record Plant Studio with his wife, Yoko Ono.

After sustaining four major gunshot wounds, Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital. At the hospital, it was stated that nobody could have lived for more than a few minutes after sustaining such injuries. Shortly after local news stations reported Lennon's death, crowds gathered at Roosevelt Hospital and in front of the Dakota. Lennon was cremated on December 10, 1980, at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York; the ashes were given to Ono, who chose not to hold a funeral for him.

Ernest Hemingway

 

After Hemingway's publication of "The Old Man and the Sea (1952)," Hemingway went on a safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two successive plane crashes that left him in pain and ill-health for much of the rest of his life. Hemingway maintained permanent residences in Key West, Florida (in the 1930s) and Cuba (in the 1940s and 1950s). In 1959, he bought a house in Ketchum, Idaho, where, in mid-1961 he shot himself in the head.

The last words that were said to the author's wife, right before he took his own life at the age of 61 was, "Goodnight, my kitten."


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Steve Jobs

Apple founder Steve Jobs died at his Palo Alto, California home around 3 p.m. on October 5, 2011, because of complications from a relapse of his previously treated islet-cell neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer, resulting in respiratory arrest. He had lost consciousness the day before and died with his wife, children, and sisters at his side. His sister, Mona Simpson, described his death thus: "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." He then lost consciousness and died several hours later.

Governor Jerry Brown of California declared Sunday, October 16, 2011, to be "Steve Jobs Day." On that day, an invitation-only memorial was held at Stanford University. Those in attendance included Apple and other tech company executives, members of the media, celebrities, close friends of Jobs, and politicians, along with Jobs's family. Bono, Yo Yo Ma, and Joan Baez performed at the service, which lasted longer than an hour. The service was highly secured, with guards at all of the university's gates, and a helicopter flying overhead from an area news station.

James Brown

 

On December 23, 2006, James Brown became very ill and arrived at his dentist's office in Atlanta, Georgia, several hours late. His appointment was for dental implant work. During this visit, Brown's dentist said that he looked "very bad...weak and dazed." Instead of doing the dental work, he recommended to Brown that he see a doctor immediately about his medical condition. Brown went to the Emory Crawford Long Memorial Hostpital the next day for an evaluation and treatment. Although Brown had to cancel upcoming concerts, he was confident he would be discharged from the hospital in time for his New Year's Eve show at the Count Basie Theatre in New Jersey and the B.B. King Blues Club in New York. He remained hospitalized and his condition worsened throughout the day.

Brown died on Christmas Day in 2006, at 1:45 am, at age 73, from congestive heart failure, resulting from complications of pneumonia. Bobbit was at his bedside and it was reported that Brown said, "I'm going away tonight." then took three long quiet breaths and fell asleep before dying.


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James Dean

American actor James Dean's final words were: "That guy's gotta stop... He'll see us." This was said to his friend Rolf Wütherich, moments before the car crash that killed Dean. As his group of friends traveled to an event via U.S. Route 466, (currently SR 33) at approximately 5:15 p.m. a 1950 Ford Tudor was passing through an intersection while turning, ahead of the Dean's Porsche. Dean, unable to stop in time, slammed into the driver's side of the Ford resulting in Dean's car bouncing across the pavement onto the side of the highway. Dean's passenger, Wütherich, was thrown from the Porsche, while Dean was trapped in the car and sustained numerous fatal injuries, including a broken neck.

The driver of the Ford, Donald Turnupseed, exited his damaged vehicle with minor injuries. The accident was witnessed by a number of passersby who stopped to help. A woman with nursing experience attended to Dean and detected a weak pulse, but "death appeared to have been instantaneous". Dean was pronounced dead on arrival shortly after he arrived by ambulance at the Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital at 6:20 p.m.

Frank Sinatra

"I'm losing." were the final last words of iconic singer Frank Sinatra according to on of the nurses by his bedside. Sinatra died with his wife at his side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on May 14, 1998, aged 82, after suffering a severe heart attack. Sinatra suffered from ill health during the last few years of his life, and was frequently hospitalized for heart and breathing problems, high blood pressure, pneumonia and bladder cancer. He was further diagnosed as suffering from dementia.

His close friends, Jilly Rizzo and Jimmy Van Heusen, are buried nearby. The words "The Best Is Yet to Come", plus "Beloved Husband & Father" are imprinted on Sinatra's grave marker. Significant increases in sales worldwide were reported by Billboard in the month of his death.


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George Orwell

 

Since Orwell's diagnoses of tuberculosis in December 1947, his health had continued to decline. In mid-1949, he courted Sonia Brownell, and they announced their engagement in September, shortly before he was removed to University College Hospital in London. Sonia took charge of Orwell's affairs and attended him diligently in the hospital, causing concern to old friends. By Christmas, his health was in decline once more, and in the early morning of January 21st, an artery burst in Orwell's lungs, killing him.

The famous author George Orwell was known to be ahead of the times. His famous last words were “At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.” He died just after that, at the age of fortysix.

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Malcolm X, an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist, said the following words before being assassinated: "Let's cool it, brothers..." o his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.


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Malcolm X was effectively orphaned early in life. His father was killed when he was six and his mother was placed in a mental hospital when he was thirteen, after which he lived in a series of foster homes. In 1946, at age 20, he went to prison for larceny and breaking and entering. While in prison, Malcolm X became a member of the Nation of Islam, and after his parole in 1952, quickly rose to become one of the organization's most influential leaders. In February 1965, he was assassinated by three members of the Nation of Islam.

Joe DiMaggio

 

DiMaggio had been a very heavy smoker for much of his adult life, and he was admitted to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, on October 12th, 1998, for lung cancer surgery and remained there for 99 days. He returned to his home in Hollywood, Florida, on January 19th, 1999 where he died there at age 84 on March 8th.

Like a line out of a Hollywood romance movie, DiMaggio said, “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.” Marilyn Monroe had died previously, and was his first wife.

Truman Capote


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Truman Capote died in Bel Air, Los Angeles, on August 25th, 1984, age 59. According to the coroner's report, the cause of death was "liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication." He died at the home of his old friend, Joanne Carson, ex-wife of late-night TV host Johnny Carson, who Capote had been a frequent guest on his show. Capote was cremated and his remains were reportedly divided between Carson and Jack Dunphy. Carson said she kept the ashes in the room where he died, where the ashes were reportedly stolen during a Halloween aparty in 1988 along with $200,000 in jewels, but then returned six days later, having been found in a coiled-up garden hose on the back steps of Carson's Bel Air home.

The author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, Capote said one word, repetitively, “Mama—Mama—Mama.” He died of liver disease at the age of 59.

Walt Disney

 

Disney had been a heavy smoker since World War I. He did not use cigarettes with filters, and had smoked a pipe as a young man. In November 1966, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and was treated with cobalt therapy. On November 20th, he felt unwell and was taken to St. Joseph Hospital where, on December 15th, ten days after his 65th birthday, he died of circulatory collapse caused by lung cancer.

Walt Disney oddly wrote the name, “Kurt Russell” on a piece of paper right before he died of lung cancer in 1966. Talk about a lot of pressure for the then child star who was working at Disney Studio. Kurt Russell confirmed the story on Jimmy Kimmel Live in April 2007, but does not know why Walt wrote his name.


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Sigmund Freud

 

Diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, the cigar-smoking genius with a huge ego persuaded his doctor to euthanize him when the time was right. Sigmund Freud decided the time was right about 16 years after the diagnoses, and Dr. Max Schur gave him 21 milligrams of morphine. The father of psychoanalysis, the man who popularized the term of "oedipal complex" died within a few hours. Since then, he has left behind the conversation on assisted suicide, some who deem. it completely unethical, and some who are completely for it.

The iconic Austrian neurologist and father of psychoanalysis said “This is absurd! This is absurd!” as he died by assisted suicide.

Charlie Chaplin

 


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By October 1977, Chaplin's health had declined to the point that he needed constant care taking. In the early morning of December 25th, 1977, Chaplin died at home after suffering a stroke in his sleep, at 88 years old.

The funny-man actor, responded “Why not? After all, it belongs to him,” after a priest said “May the Lord have mercy on your soul” to him. Chaplin was hardly laid to rest in peace, as his body was eventually stolen and held ransom for $600,000.

Elvis Presley

"I'm going to the bathroom to read." Those were the words musician Elvis Presley said to his fiancee, Ginger Alden, early in the morning of August 16, 1977, at his Memphis mansion, Graceland. They were the last words he ever spoke. Hours later, at 2pm, she woke and noticed Presley hadn't returned to bed. She knocked on the bathroom door, calling his name, and then opened it. In it, she reveals how she found the singer slumped over on the bathroom floor. When she bent down to touch him, his skin was cold, and was not breathing. It was a tragic event.

Elvis suffered from multiple ailments: glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver damage, and an enlarged colon, each aggravated-and possibly caused-by drug abuse. Genetic analysis of a hair sample in 2014 found evidence of genetic variants that could have caused his glaucoma, migraines and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

T.S. Elliot


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Eliot died of emphysema at his home in Kensington in London, on January 4th, 1965, and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. Like he had wishes, his ashes were taken to St. Michael and All Angels' Church, East Coker, the village in Somerset from which his ancestors had emigrated to America.

T.S. Eliot, the American-born British essayist, sweetly mumbled his wife’s name as he died: “Valerie.” The house where he died has had a blue plaque on it in his honor.

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

In April 1960, Roosevelt was diagnosed with aplastic anemia after being struck by a car in New York City. In 1962, she was given steroids which activated a dormant case of tuberculosis in her bone marrow. She died of resulting cardiac failure at her Manhattan home at 55 East 74th Street on the Upper East Side on November 7th, 1962, at the age of 78. President John F Kennedy ordered all United States flags lowered to half-staff throughout the world on November 8th in tribute to Roosevelt.

The former first lady said “Utter nonsense,” in response to a nurse who told her that she would only die when she had fulfilled everything God wanted her to.


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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

At 6:05 pm on Thursday April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King was shot dead while standing on a balcony outside his second-floor room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. News of his assassination prompted major outbreaks of racial violence, resulting in more than 40 deaths nationwide and extensive property damage in over 100 American cities.

The slain civil rights leader said “OK, I will” in response to a suggestion that he wear a coat for his speech in Memphis that day.

Humphrey Bogart

American movie actor Humphrey Bogart's final words were "I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis." Bogart, a heavy smoker and drinker, had developed cancer of the esophagus. He almost never spoke of his failing health and refused to see a doctor until January 1956. A diagnosis was made several weeks later, but by then removal of his esophagus, two lymph nodes, and a rib on March 1, 1956, was too late to halt the disease, even with chemotherapy.


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During a film career of almost 30 years, Bogart appeared in more than 75 feature films. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star of Classic American cinema. Over his career, he received three Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, winning one (for The African Queen).

John Wayne

American actor John Wayne's final words before his death were said to his wife: "Of course I know who you are. You're my girl. I love you." Although he enrolled in a cancer vaccine study in an attempt to ward off the disease, Wayne died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979, at the UCLA Medical Center, and was interred in the Pacific View Memorial Park cemetery in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach. According to his son Patrick and his grandson Matthew Muñoz, a priest in the California Diocese of Orange, he converted to Roman Catholicism shortly before his death.

He requested that his tombstone read "Feo, Fuerte y Formal", a Spanish epitaph Wayne described as meaning "ugly, strong, and dignified". The grave, which went unmarked for 20 years, is now marked with a quotation from his controversial 1971 Playboy interview: "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."

Coco Chanel

Fashion designer Coco Chanel's last words were "You see, this is how you die." Chanel was 87 years old, tired, and ailing. She carried out her usual routine of preparing the spring catalog. She had gone for a long drive the afternoon of Saturday, January 9. Soon after, feeling ill, she went to bed early. She died on Sunday, January 10, 1971 at the Hotel Ritz, where she had resided for more than 30 years.


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Her funeral was held at the Église de la Madeleine; her fashion models occupied the first seats during the ceremony and her coffin was covered with white flowers - camellias, gardenias, orchids, azaleas and a few red roses. Her grave is located in the Bois-de-Vaux Cemetery, Lausanne, Switzerland - one of the most prestigious burials in the world.

Winston Churchill

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's final words were "I'm bored with it all." Despite poor health, Churchill still tried to remain active in public life, and on St George's Day 1964, sent a message of congratulations to the surviving veterans of the 1918 Zeebrugge Raid who were attending a service of commemoration in Deal, Kent, where two casualties of the raid were buried in the Hamilton Road Cemetery. On 15 January 1965, Churchill suffered a severe stroke that left him gravely ill. He died at his London home nine days later, at age 90, on the morning of Sunday 24 January 1965, 70 years to the day after his father's death.

Queen Elizabeth II granted him the honor of a state funeral, which saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history. Named the Greatest Briton of all time in a 2002 poll, Churchill is widely regarded as being among the most influential people in British history, consistently ranking well in opinion polls of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom.

Marie Antoinette

 


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Antoinette was the daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, she married King Louis XVI of France in 1770 to strengthen the French-Austrian alliance. During this time of economic turmoil in France, she lived extravagantly, and had encouraged her husband to resist reform of the monarchy. During one episode, she responded to news that the French peasants had no bread to eat by callously replying, "Let them eat cake." The increasing revolutionary uproar convinced the king and queen to attempt an escape to Austria in 1791. However, they were captured and carried back to Paris. In 1792, the French monarchy was abolished, and Louis and Marie-Antoinette were condemned for treason.

Marie Antoinette uttered some very polite words before her death on the guillotine. She said “Pardonnez-moi, monsieur,” after accidentally stepping on her executioner’s foot. Translation: “Pardon me, sir, I meant not to do it.”

Alfred Hitchcock

English film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock finals words before his death were "One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes." Hitchcock died aged 80 in his Bel Air home of renal failure on 29 April 1980. While biographer Spoto wrote that Hitchcock "rejected suggestions that he allow a priest ... to come for a visit, or celebrate a quiet, informal ritual at the house for his comfort," Jesuit priest Father Mark Henninger wrote that he and fellow priest Tom Sullivan celebrated Mass at the filmmaker's home; Father Sullivan heard Hitchcock's confession.

Near the end of his life, Hitchcock had worked on the script for a projected spy thriller, The Short Night, collaborating with James Costigan, Ernest Lehman and David Freeman. Despite some preliminary work, the screenplay was never filmed. This was caused primarily by Hitchcock's seriously declining health and his concerns for his wife, Alma, who had suffered a stroke. The screenplay was eventually published in Freeman's 1999 book The Last Days of Alfred Hitchcock.

Jimmy Stuart


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In 1995, Stewart was hospitalized after falling, and in December 1996, he was due to have to battery in his pacemaker changed, but opted not to, preferring to let things happen naturally. In February 1997, he was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat. On June 25, a thrombosis formed in his right leg, leading to a pulmonary embolism one week later.

The actor was 89 when he died. His last words were “I’m going to be with Gloria now.” Gloria was his wife of 44 years, who had died three years prior. President Bill Clinton commented that America has lost a "national treasure...a great actor, a gentleman, and a patriot." Over 3,000 mourners, mostly celebrities attended Stewart's memorial service.

George Washington

The 1st president of the United States final last words were: "I am just going. Have me decently buried, and do not let my body be put into the vault in less than two days after I am dead." These final words were said during a conversation with Washington's personal secretary Tobias Lear. Lear nodded assent and Washington asked: "Do you understand me?" "Yes, Sir," he replied, followed by Washington's final response: "'Tis well."

The diagnosis of Washington's final illness and the immediate cause of his death have been subjects of debate since the day he died. In the days immediately following his death, Doctors Craik and Dick's published account stated that they felt his symptoms had been consistent with "cynanche trachealis", a term of that period used to describe severe inflammation of the structures of the upper airway. Various modern medical authors have speculated that Washington probably died from a severe case of epiglottitis which was complicated by the given treatments (all of which were accepted medical practice in Washington's day)-most notably the massive deliberate blood loss, which almost certainly caused hypovolemic shock.


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Groucho Marx

 

Groucho Marx was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with pneumonia on June 22, 1977 and died there more than a month later at the age of 86 on August 12th.

“This is no way to live!” This was Groucho Marx’s final statement before dying in Los Angeles. His brother, Leonard, who often stared with him in comedy films also had some memorable last words. Leonard said to his wife, “Remember, Honey, don’t forget what I told you. Put in my coffin a deck of cards, a mashie niblick, and a pretty blonde.”

Bing Crosby

 

Bing Crosby, died of a heart attack at a gold course just outside Madrid at 73 years old. He collapsed while walking to the locker room at the La Morale golf club after completing an 18-hole round. He and a Spanish champion had defeated two other Spanish champions by one stroke. Crosby's passion for golf nearly equaled his love of performing. And it was reported that he was "happy and singing" during the 4 1/2 hour-trek around the course that Friday.


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Crosby was advised to never play more than a 9-hole golf game by his physician. However, in 1977 after he played 18 holes, he said to his pals: “That was a great game of golf, fellas.” He then collapsed just 20 yards from the course’s clubhouse and died from a massive heart attack.

Muhammad Ali

 

Muhammad Ali, te legendary boxer and iconic public figure, died on Friday, June 3, at a hospital in the Phoenix area at 74 years old. The cause of Ali's death was deduced to septic shock. Ali had entered the hospital earlier that day due to a respiratory infection and was put on life support shortly before he died. Since 2014, Ali had also been hospitalized for a severe urinary tract infection and pneumonia.

His last known public statement was a criticism of Republican nominee, Donald Trump and his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering America. He said, “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.”