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Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death

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Vote up the best dying words.

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!
  • Oscar Wilde
    Photo: Napoleon Sarony / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
    564 VOTES

    "Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."

    Oscar Wilde, writer
    • Age: Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Playwright
    • Cause Of Death: Meningitis
    • Credits: Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Selfish Giant
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Photo: Barbara Krafft / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
    "The taste of death is upon my lips. I feel something that is not of this earth."
    • Age: Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)
    • Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
    • Profession: Pianist, Musician, Composer, Violist, Violinist
    • Cause Of Death: Rheumatic fever
    • Credits: The King's Speech, The Shawshank Redemption, Batman Begins, Alien
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    Photo: Mathew Benjamin Brady / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain

    "Now comes the mystery!"

    Henry Ward Beecher, evangelist
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1813-1887)
    • Birthplace: Litchfield, Connecticut
    • Profession: Clergy, Preacher
    • Cause Of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Lou Costello
    Photo: film screenshot / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
    527 VOTES

    "That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted."

    Lou Costello, comedian

    • Age: Dec. at 52 (1906-1959)
    • Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, USA
    • Profession: Businessperson, Comedian, Film Producer, Actor, Vaudeville Performer
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
    • Credits: The Abbott and Costello Show, Africa Screams, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Jack and the Beanstalk