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!
"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
Age: Died at 51 (1813-1864)
Birthplace: Cornwall, Connecticut, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Firearmsee more on John Sedgwick
"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: Gangrenesee more on Louis XIV of France
"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, USA, New York
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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"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
#9 on The Coolest Actors Eversee more on Humphrey Bogart