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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!
Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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Eugene O'Neill


"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 playwright August Strindberg. The drama Long Day's Journey Into Night is often numbered on the short list of being among the finest American plays in the 20th century alongside A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman. O'Neill's plays were among the first to include speeches in American vernacular and involve characters on the fringes of society, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and ...more on Wikipedia

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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#40 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#14 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#11 on Fictional Characters Named Eugene

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 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 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. He also composed other chamber music, choral works, and songs. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by Christian Gottlob Neefe. During his first 22 years in Bonn, Beethoven ...more on Wikipedia

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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#17 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#51 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#17 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

#31 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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


"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 Articles of Confederation and remains the supreme law of the land. Washington was unanimously elected President by the electors in both the 1788–1789 and 1792 elections. He oversaw the creation of a strong, well-financed national government that maintained neutrality in the French Revolutionary Wars, suppressed the Whiskey Rebellion, and won acceptance among Americans of all types. Washington ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 67 (1732-1799)

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Westmoreland County, + more

Profession: Surveyor, Politician, Soldier, Military Officer, Farmer, + more

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#34 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#18 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

#28 on Every President's Most Controversial Pardon, Ranked

#16 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Louis XIV of France is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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Louis XIV


"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 the death of his chief minister, the Italian Cardinal Mazarin. An adherent of the concept of the divine right of kings, which advocates the divine origin of monarchical rule, Louis continued his predecessors' work of creating a centralized state governed from the capital. He sought to eliminate the remnants of feudalism persisting in parts of France and, by compelling many members of the ...more on Wikipedia

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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