Granted, in order to record someone's final words, there has to be some normality and/or convenience to the person's death; for the most part, you'll not find any of these famous historical figures on the list of bizarre deaths from the 19th or even the 20th century. These notable historical figures died in bed, or in battle, or were somehow able to get their dying thoughts across to someone for recording on a list of last words of famous people.
What are some of the most memorable last words from famous people? What are the best dying words ever recorded? Some of the most notable last words of historical figures are recorded here on this list of famous final words. Make sure to upvote your favorites!
"Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?"
Louis XIV, King of France
Louis XIV, known as Louis the Great or the Sun King, was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1643 until his death. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of any monarch of a major country in European history. Louis began his personal rule of France in 1661 ...more
Age: Died at 77 (1638-1715)
Birthplace: Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Cause Of Death: Gangrene
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"I've had a hell of a lot of fun and I've enjoyed every minute of it."
Errol Flynn, actor
Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn was an Australian-American actor. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his playboy lifestyle. ...more
Age: Died at 50 (1909-1959)
Birthplace: Hobart, Australia
Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
Credits: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, Objective Burma!
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"Friends applaud, the comedy is over."
Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 1 ...more
Age: Died at 57 (1770-1827)
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Lyricist Composer, + more
Credits: Django Unchained, A Clockwork Orange, The King's Speech, The Pianist
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"I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis."
Humphrey Bogart, actor
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was an American screen actor whose performances in such iconic 1940s films noir as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep, earned him the legacy of cultural icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of ...more
Age: Died at 58 (1899-1957)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Esophageal cancer, Cancer of the larynx
Credits: Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Big Sleep
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"I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you."
James K. Polk, US President
James Knox Polk was the 11th President of the United States. Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later lived in and represented Tennessee. A Democrat, Polk served as the 17th Speaker of the House of Representatives and Governor of Tennessee. Polk was the surprise candidate for ...more
Age: Died at 54 (1795-1849)
Birthplace: Pineville, North Carolina, USA
Profession: Politician, Farmer, Lawyer
Cause Of Death: Cholera
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"Turn up the lights, I don't want to go home in the dark."
O. Henry (William Sidney Porter), writer
William Sydney Porter, known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry's short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization, and surprise endings. ...more
Age: Died at 48 (1862-1910)
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Cirrhosis
Credits: Ruthless People, Wishbone's Dog Days of the West, The Gay Cavalier, Raincoat Cohen and Tate, + more
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"I'm bored with it all."
Winston Churchill, statesman
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the ...more
Age: Died at 91 (1874-1965)
Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom
Profession: Statesman, Painter, Politician, Journalist Orator, + more
Cause Of Death: Stroke
Credits: Young Winston, Churchill's People, The First World War, The Finest Hours
#226 on People We Wish Were Still Alive
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"I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room - and God damn it - died in a hotel room."
Eugene O'Neill, writer
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into American drama techniques of realism earlier associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish ...more
Age: Died at 65 (1888-1953)
Birthplace: Times Square, New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
Cause Of Death: Cerebellar abiotrophy
Credits: The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie Desire Under the Elms, + more
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