- 1Up 25Down 3Though his ashes were scattered, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is remembered by his former city of Montreux, Switzerland, with a full body statue. Much like world leaders are memorialized in statue form, Mercury, in his full flamboyance, has been on display since 1996, five years after his 1991 death.
- 2Up 23Down 7Thought not particularly funny or witty, the tombstone of legendary musician and guitarist Jimi Hendrix is a splendor in itself. Hendrix is interred at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, Washington, although in a different location from where he was initially buried. More than 20 years after his 1970 death, Hendrix's body was moved to a separate location in the park, complete with a stone pavilion and space for other family members on the same plot.
- 3Up 20Down 5Following his death on June 11, 1979, the grave of American film icon John Wayne sat unmarked for nearly 20 years. The actor initially requested his tombstone to read "Feo, Fuerte y Formal," meaning "ugly, strong and dignified," according to his son. Despite the request, his estate later chose to inscribe the stone with a memorable quote Wayne gave in a 1971 interview with "Playboy" magazine. The quote, and his tombstone, read, "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."
- 4Up 16Down 3Seeing his name on the marquee after appearing in notable titles like "Some Like It Hot" and "The Odd Couple," actor and musician Jack Lemmon continued the trend after his June 27, 2001, death. Lemmon used his tombstone as a marquee, both poking fun at his many roles and also to provide a bit of humor to describe what lies below. Skipping all the sentiment and dates, Lemmon's tombstone reads simply, "Jack Lemmon in."
- 5Up 12Down 2Making his fans laugh as he did for decades, actor and comedian Rodney Dangerfield got his last laugh on his tombstone, which reads "Rodney Dangerfield... There goes the neighborhood." The crack was similar to Dangerfield's type of comedy which made him famous, coined the phrase "I don't get no respect" and put him in 1980s films such as "Caddyshack" and "Back to School."
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