TOP 45 FAMOUS LAST WORDS BLOG Wednesday 25th  May 2022





You may or may not be able to be in control of what your last words are. But what ever they are many are interesting for different reasons.


  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.


  1. Benjamin Franklin – “A dying man can do nothing easy,” was said by Franklin when his daughter requested, he change position so he could breathe better.


  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 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,” were the last words spoken by Diana after the fatal car crash that took her life.
  2. 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: “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, 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. Writer T.S. Eliot was only able to whisper one word as he died: “Valerie,” the name of his wife.


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


  1. Beethoven. “Friends applaud, the comedy is over.” These are the much-disputed last words of the German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven.


  1. George Harrison – “Love one another.”


  1. Jane Austen – “I want nothing but death.” 


  1. Jack Daniel – “One last drink, please.”


  1. Joan Crawford – “Don’t you dare ask God to help me.” 


  1. Robert F. Kennedy – “Don’t lift me.”


  1. R. D. Laing suffered a fatal heart attack in public, and as people gathered around the spot, someone said “Get a doctor” He replied, which became his last words, “I’m a fucking doctor.”


  1. Amy Winehouse – “I don’t want to die.”



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

– Nicolas Chamfort



To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone. – Reba McEntire.


Happiness is…using words well.


This is my step ladder. I never knew my real ladder. 


Love is…that special someone that brightens your day.


Help a man when he’s in trouble and he will remember you when he is in trouble again.


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




©2022 Phil M Robinson




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