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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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    Louis XIV 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 after ...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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    "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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    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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    "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: Django Unchained, A Clockwork Orange, The King's Speech, The Pianist
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    James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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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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    Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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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, 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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    O. Henry is listed (or ranked) 6 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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    Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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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: Young Winston, Churchill's People, The First World War, The Finest Hours
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    Ethel Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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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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