jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 24th June 2022






  1. Archimedes – The Greek mathematician died at the hands of a Roman soldier. He was working on a problem when the soldier approached him. The famous inventor shouted “Stand away, fellow, from my diagram!”


  1. Joe DiMaggio – “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn,” said DiMaggio referring to Marilyn Monroe to whom he was married during her lifetime.


  1. Muhammad Ali – The popular boxer seemed to be quite at peace at the time of his death. He spoke: “I’m in no pain. No pain. Don’t cry for me, Rahaman. I’m going to be with Allah. I made peace with God, I’m OK. Rahaman, how do I look?”


  1. James Brown – Moments before he passed, the singer said “I’m going away tonight,” to his longtime manager Charles Bobbit.


  1. Emily Dickinson – The American poet’s last words were “I must go in, for the fog is rising.”


  1. Lucille Ball – This famous actress’ last words were a response: “My Florida water” were the last words she uttered when asked if she needed anything.


  1. Thomas Edison – Before he succumbed to his death, Edison was in a coma. He emerged from this and spoke: “It is very beautiful over there.”


  1. Frank Sinatra – Frank said “I’m losing it,” according to his wife who was by his side at the time of his death.


  1. Steve Jobs – According to his sister via The New York Times, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow,” were the last words spoken by the Apple CEO.
  2. Jane Austen (1775-1817), to her sister Cassandra, who asked if there was anything she wanted

“I want nothing but death.”


  1. Leonardo Da Vinci – On his deathbed, the famous polymath said: “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”


  1. Bob Marley – Marley left behind some final words of wisdom for his son before he died. He told him “Money can’t buy life.”


  1. Charlie Chaplin – “Why not? After all, it belongs to him,” were the famous last words by the comic actor after a priest said to him: “May the Lord have mercy on your soul.”


  1. Vincent van Gogh – “The sadness will last forever,” said the tortured artist according to a letter (via webexhibits.org) by his brother when he spoke about trying to get him better.


  1. Frida Kahlo – “I hope this exit is joyful and I hope never to return,” were the last words taken from this Mexican artist’s journal entry.


  1. Coco Chanel – Chanel’s last words were to her maid and she said “You see, this is how you die.”


  1. Winston Churchill – Churchill died of a stroke in 1965. He said “I’m bored with it all.”


  1. Harriet Tubman – Tubman died singing, surrounded by family. She sang the lyrics “Swing low, sweet chariot.”


  1. Édith Piaf – “Every damn fool thing you do in this life you pay for,” were the last kernels of wisdom spoken by the French singer.


  1. Elvis Presley – According to Ginger Alden’s memoir, “I’m going to the bathroom to read” were the last words spoken by the King.


  1. Amelia Earhart – “Please know I am quite aware of the hazards. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” Earhart wrote this in a letter to her husband.


  1. Princess Diana – “Oh my God, what’s happened?” were the last words spoken by Diana after the fatal car crash that took her life.


  1. Marie Antoinette – “Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose,” Antoinette said to her executioner when she stepped on his foot.


  1. Tupac – “F**ck you,” were the last words spoken by the legendary rapper to a first responder when asked who had shot him, according to Billboard.


  1. Eleanor Roosevelt – According to Bustle, “Utter nonsense” were the last words said by Roosevelt to a nurse when she told her that she’d only pass once she’d fulfilled everything God wanted her to.


  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Mozart felt death coming and spoke: “I feel something that is not of this earth.”


  1. Che Guevara – “Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man” is what this revolutionary shouted to Sergeant Terán, his executioner.


  1. Humphrey Bogart – “Goodbye, kid. Hurry back,” were the last words spoken by Bogart to his wife before slipping into a coma, according to Business Insider.


  1. Karl Marx – And finally, this famous philosopher ended his life here on earth with one last thought after being asked what his last words were. “Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!”


  1. Buddy Rich

Drummer Buddy Rich died after surgery in 1987. As he was being prepped for surgery, a nurse asked him, “Is there anything you can’t take?” Rich replied, “Yeah, country music.”


  1. Johnny Ace

Johnny Ace, an 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.”


  1. Groucho Marx

When Groucho Marx was dying, he let out one last quip: “This is no way to live!”


  1. Chico Marx

Groucho’s brother Leonard, who was better known as Chico Marx, gave instructions to his wife as his last words: “Remember, Honey, don’t forget what I told you. Put in my coffin a deck of cards, a mashie niblick, and a pretty blonde.” A “mashie niblick” is a type of golf club.


  1. Arthur Conan Doyle

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.


  1. S. Eliot

Writer T.S. Eliot was only able to whisper one word as he died: “Valerie,” the name of his wife.


  1. C. Fields

Actor and comedian W.C. Fields died in 1946. His last words: “God damn the whole friggin’ world and everyone in it but you, Carlotta.” He was speaking to Carlotta Monti, his longtime mistress.


  1. Percy Grainger

Grainger was an Australian composer who, with his dying words, told his wife Ella, “You’re the only one I like.”


  1. Captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912), before walking into a blizzard during the Terra Nova Expedition.

“I am just going outside and may be some time.”


  1. George Harrison (1943-2001), to his family.

“Love one another.”


  1. John Lennon (1940-1980), after being asked by an EMT in the ambulance if he was John Lennon.

“Yes, I am.”


  1. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).

“Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.”


  1. Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), to her husband

“Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy.”


  1. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).

“Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”


  1. Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker knew how to party. She sang, danced, and acted. She adopted a dozen kids and lived in Paris. On the last night of her life, she left a party being held in her honor, saying, “Oh, you young people act like old men. You are no fun.”


  1. Alfred Hitchcock

As he was dying, Alfred Hitchcock said, “One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes.”


BONUS !!!            Leadbelly

Blues guitarist Leadbelly said, “Doctor, if I put this here guitar down now, I ain’t never gonna wake up.” And he was right.



REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglas.


Happiness is…June’s beautiful long sunny days.


Why are toilets always so good at poker? They always get a flush.


Love is…finding any excuse for a cuddle.


“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” —Henry Ford.


A time for first words…A time for last words.





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