death 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!
Louis XIV of France is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1638-1715)

Birthplace: Ch√Ęteau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

Cause Of Death: Gangrene

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Errol Flynn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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Errol Flynn


"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, Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, Objective Burma!

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#66 on The All-Time Greatest Action Stars

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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Ludwig van Beethoven


"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

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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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#9 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#51 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#37 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#17 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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Humphrey Bogart


"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

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Age: Died at 58 (1899-1957)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Actor

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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#11 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#17 on The Best Actors in Film History

#11 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#27 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

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O. Henry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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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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#49 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#8 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

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James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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James K. Polk


"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, Mecklenburg County, United States of America, United States with Territories, + more

Profession: Politician, Farmer, Lawyer

Cause Of Death: Cholera

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#37 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#2 on The Best One-Term U.S. Presidents

#63 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

#19 on The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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Winston Churchill


"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: Woodstock, 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

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#7 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#45 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#26 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#44 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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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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#29 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#14 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

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