Weird History 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!
John Sedgwick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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"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: Firearm

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Louis XIV of France is listed (or ranked) 2 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 ...more

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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Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 3 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 ...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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#35 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#14 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

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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

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

Also Ranked

#12 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#18 on The Best Actors in Film History

#12 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#17 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

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