Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death People

Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death

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Dying words of famous people seem to be a little bit more poetic than the typical dying utterances of the common folk. Whether they've got the money and influence to be afforded the time to gather their thoughts, or because they're just plain cooler than many of us, there exist some memorable dying words from some very famous people. 

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!


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    "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 after ...more

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    • 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

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    • 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, Cinema Paradiso, The Lady from Shanghai, Captain Blood, They Died with Their Boots On, + more
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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

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1795-1849)
    • Birthplace: Pineville, North Carolina, USA
    • Profession: Politician, Farmer, Lawyer
    • Cause Of Death: Cholera
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    "Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I'm happy."

    Ethel Barrymore, actress

    Ethel Barrymore was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors.more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1879-1959)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Cardiovascular disease
    • Credits: The Spiral Staircase, Portrait of Jennie, The Farmer's Daughter, The Paradine Case, Young at Heart, + more
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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 violin ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1770-1827)
    • Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
    • Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Lyricist, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Fantasia, Amour, Immortal Beloved, Impromptu, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, + more
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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 American ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1899-1957)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Esophageal cancer, Cancer of the larynx
    • Credits: Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Big Sleep, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, + more
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    "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit."

    Jesus Christ

    Jesus, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity, whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of God. Christianity regards Jesus as the awaited Messiah of the Old Testament and refers to him as Jesus Christ, a name that is also used in ...more

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    • Birthplace: Judea
    • Profession: Carpenter, Prophet, Preacher
    • Cause Of Death: Crucifixion
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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

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1874-1965)
    • Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Statesman, Painter, Politician, Journalist, Orator, + more
    • Cause Of Death: Stroke
    • Credits: World War II in HD Colour, Apocalypse: The Second World War
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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

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1862-1910)
    • Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Writer
    • 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 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

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    • 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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    "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something."

    Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary

    José Doroteo Arango Arámbula – better known by his pseudonym Francisco Villa or his nickname Pancho Villa – was one of the most prominent Mexican Revolutionary generals. As commander of the División del Norte, he was the veritable caudillo of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, which, given its ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1878-1923)
    • Birthplace: San Juan del Río Municipality, Durango, San Juan del Río, Durango, Durango, + more
    • Profession: Soldier
    • Cause Of Death: Firearm, Assassination
    • Credits: The Life of General Villa, Life of Villa
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    "Please know that 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."

    Amelia Earhart, last radio communiqué before her disappearance.

    Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was ...more

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    • Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Writer
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    "Now comes the mystery!"

    Henry Ward Beecher, evangelist

    Henry Ward Beecher was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial. Henry Ward Beecher was the son of Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist minister who became one of the best-known ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1813-1887)
    • Birthplace: Litchfield, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Clergy, Preacher
    • Cause Of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage
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    "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..."

    General John Sedgwick, Union Commander

    John Sedgwick was a teacher, a career military officer, and a Union Army general in the American Civil War. He was the highest ranking Union casualty in the Civil War, killed by a sharpshooter at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1813-1864)
    • Birthplace: Cornwall, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Cause Of Death: Firearm
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    "It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go."

    George Washington, US President

    George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution, which replaced the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1732-1799)
    • Birthplace: Virginia, USA
    • Profession: Surveyor, Politician, Soldier, Military Officer, Farmer, + more
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    "That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted."

    Lou Costello, comedian

    Lorne Michaels, CM is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, comedian, and actor, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live, the Late Night series, and The Tonight Show.more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Mean Girls, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Wayne's World, Tommy Boy, + more
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    "I just wish I had time for one more bowl of chili."

    Kit Carson, pioneer

    Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson was an American frontiersman. The few paying jobs he had during his lifetime included mountain man, wilderness guide, Indian agent, and American Army officer. Carson became a frontier legend in his own lifetime via biographies and news articles. Exaggerated versions of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1809-1868)
    • Birthplace: Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Trapper, Reconnaissance, Military Officer
    • Cause Of Death: Abdominal aortic aneurysm
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    "Lord help my poor soul."

    Edgar Allan Poe, writer

    Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1809-1849)
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Magazine editor, Poet, Literary critic, Novelist, Author, + more
    • Credits: Tales of Terror, Witchfinder General, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Raven, + more
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    "It is very beautiful over there."

    Thomas Alva Edison

    Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1847-1931)
    • Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Inventor, Scientist, + more
    • Cause Of Death: Diabetes mellitus
    • Credits: The Patchwork Girl of Oz, The Execution of Mary Stuart, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, Carmencita, President McKinley Inauguration Footage, + more
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    "I've never felt better."

    Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., actor

    Douglas Fairbanks was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. He was best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films such as The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro but spent the early part of his career making comedies. An astute businessman, Fairbanks was a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1883-1939)
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    • Credits: The Thief of Bagdad, Intolerance, The Mark of Zorro, The Black Pirate, Wild and Woolly, + more
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