Providing reasons to laugh, cry and think for years to come after their deaths, the best celebrity tombstones contain witty and clever lines, famous quotes and funny phrases. Just as they did during life, each of these celebrities used their own unique way to make fans smile with their tombstone epitaphs.
For many comedians, a tombstone is one place to tell one last joke while others used the space to remind fans of a classic catch phrase or saying. For others, the tombstone is wildly extravagant, such as that of Jimi Hendrix, or very popular to visitors, such as that of Jim Morrison. Others are even so famous that they need no tombstone announcing the crypt, such as Michael Jackson.What are the most famous tombstones in the world? Regardless of what the tombstone or grave brings, each serve as a memorial for the actors, musicians and other celebrities we love.
Though his ashes were scattered, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is remembered by his former city of Montreux, Switzerland, with a full body statue. Much like world leaders are memorialized in statue form, Mercury, in his full flamboyance, has been on display since 1996, five years after his 1991 death.
Age: Died at 45 (1946-1991)
Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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While his name may not be a household one, his voice certainly is, leading to the nickname of "man of 1,000 voices" for voice actor Mel Blanc. Heard in homes to this day, Blanc was the man behind the character voices of the likes of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn and many others. His nickname, along with his most famous line of "That's All Folks," are inscribed on his tombstone after his 1989 death.
Age: Died at 81 (1908-1989)
Birthplace: California, United States of America
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Appearing in films like The Hustler and Smokey and the Bandit as well as the long-running television series "The Honeymooners," actor and comedian Jackie Gleason had many catch phrases throughout the years. In between the lines like "How sweet it is!" and others, Gleason used one fitting line in particular for his tombstone epitaph, "And away we go."
Age: Died at 71 (1916-1987)
Birthplace: Bushwick, New York City, New York, United States of America
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In addition to acting, hosting and appearing on his own talk show, Merv Griffin brought us numerous game shows, including the highly popular "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" which are still on today. After losing a battle to prostate cancer in 2007, he used his tombstone to provide his final sign-off line, reading "I will not be right back after this message."
Age: Died at 82 (1925-2007)
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States of America
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