Just before they Died they said...
Alphebetically sorted by first name
Aileen WuornosJust before her lethal injection, serial killer Wuornos made this announcement: “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the Rock and I’ll be back like Independence Day with Jesus, June 6, like the movies, big mothership and all, I’ll be back.”
Alfred Hitchcock“One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes,” said the famous director before dying.
Amy WinehouseThe talented yet troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse said “I don’t want to die,” over the phone about two hours prior to her death from alcohol poisoning.
Andrew JohnsonJohnson, who served as the United States’ 17th President, said “I need no doctor. I can overcome my own troubles” to his granddaughter who was about to send for a doctor.
Barry White“Leave me alone. I’m fine.” The soul singer said this before dying of renal failure at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 2003.
Benjamin FranklinWhen the civic activist was on his deathbed, his daughter told him to switch to a more comfortable position to facilitate his breathing. His response was “A dying man can do nothing easy.”
Bessie SmithThe blues singer died saying, “I’m going, but I’m going in the name of the Lord.” She had been critically injured in a car accident.
Bing CrosbyCrosby was advised to never play more than a 9-hole golf game by his physician. However, in 1977 he played 18 holes, and afterward said to his pals: “That was a great game of golf, fellas.” He then collapsed just 20 yards from the course’s clubhouse and died from a massive heart attack.
Bo DiddleyBlues great Bo Diddley died while giving a thumbs-up. He was listening to the song “Walk Around Heaven,” and his very last word was “Wow.
Bob HopeEver the comedian, Bob Hope responded “Surprise me” when asked by his wife where he would like to be buried. He died in Los Angeles at the ripe old age of 100.
Buddy RichRich, the legendary drummer, died after surgery in 1987. As he was being prepped for the surgery, a nurse asked him, “Is there anything you can’t take?” He replied, “Yeah, country music.”
Charlie ChaplinThe funny-man actor, responded “Why not? After all, it belongs to him,” after a priest said “May the Lord have mercy on your soul” to him. Chaplin was hardly laid to rest in peace, as his body was eventually stolen and held ransom for $600,000.
Coco ChanelThe French fashion designer and taste-maker was certainly a woman to be reckoned with. She went out in real Chanel style, announcing: “You see, this is how you die.”
“Dimebag” Darrell AbbottThe final bit of stage banter, the Pantera and Damageplan guitarist uttered (before he was shot and killed onstage): “Van Halen.” He was shot three times in the head.
Derek JarmanJarman was an artist, writer, gardener, and filmmaker. His last words before dying of an AIDS-related illness: “I want the world to be filled with white fluffy duckies.”
Desi ArnazLucille Ball’s “I Love Lucy” co-star (and real-life husband) Desi Arnaz said his last words to her: “I love you too, Honey. Good Luck with your show.”
Don KnottsBeloved comic actor Don Knotts was best known for his roles as Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show” and as the goofy landlord Ralph Furley on “Three’s Company.”
His frequent co-star and real life BFF Andy Griffith was at Knotts’ bedside when he passed away. Though Knotts was unconscious and unable to speak, Griffith had some touching final moments with his good pal. “I know that he could hear me, and we all believe that he could hear my voice,” said Griffith. “I told him that I loved him, and I told him…I said ‘Jess [Knotts’ real first name], breathe. You’ve gotta make this, you’ve gotta pull through. Breathe.’ And you know, I saw his chest heave, and I said ‘That’s a boy. Keep breathing. Just keep breathing.’ And his shoulder moved, so I believe he heard my voice.”
Donald O’ConnorO’Connor was a singer, dancer, and actor who once hosted the Academy Awards (in 1954). On his deathbed, he quipped “I’d like to thank the Academy for my lifetime achievement award that I will eventually get.”
Dylan ThomasWelsh poet Thomas spent most of a November day (1953) in his hotel room drinking, and then went out for more drinks at a nearby pub. When he returned to his hotel, he declared, “I’ve had 18 straight whiskies. I think that’s the record!”
Edgar Allan PoeThe macabre writer of eerie works such as The Raven, Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore in 1849. He died the next day, after uttering the words “Lord help my soul.”
Eleanor RooseveltThe former first lady said “Utter nonsense,” in response to a nurse who told her that she would only die when she had fulfilled everything God wanted her to.
Elizabeth Barrett BrowningThe Victorian poet’s husband asked her how she was feeling. Her response? “Beautiful.” She died in his arms, and he reported that she died “smilingly, happily, and with a face like a girl’s.”
Elvis PresleyThe superstar who was known as the King famously died on the toilet at his Graceland mansion. Allegedly, his last words were “I’m going to the bathroom to read.”
Emily DickinsonThe famed writer and introvert’s last words were poetic and thoughtful: “I must go in, for the fog is rising.” She was 55 when she died.
Ernest HemingwayBefore the famed author of The Old Man and the Sea committed suicide, he reportedly told his wife, “Goodnight, my kitten.” He was 61 years old.
Errol FlynnThe dashing 1950’s actor said “I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” right before he passed away from a massive heart attack in 1959.
Ethel Barrymore“Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I’m happy.” These words were spoken to her housekeeper Anna Albert just before Barrymore (Drew’s great-aunt)died in 1959 at the age of 79.
Eugene O’NeillThe American playwright and Nobel laureate: “I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room – and God damn it – died in a hotel room.” These words were whispered in the Hotel on Bay State Road in Boston.
F. Scott FitzgeraldWhen asked if he wanted anything besides Hershey bars, the American author of The Beautiful & Damned and The Great Gatsby proclaimed “Good enough. They’ll be fine.”
Farrah FawcettFarrah Fawcett died On June 25, 2009, the same day as Michael Jackson, following a battle with cancer. Farrah insisted on filming her struggles with cancer for the documentary, “Farrah’s Story.” At one point, Farrah began vomiting, and exclaimed to her friend Alana Stewart (who was filming the documentary), “Why aren’t you filming this? This is what cancer is.”
Frank SinatraAfter saying, “I’m losing it,”crooner Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack. The legend known as Ol’ Blue Eyes passed away in Los Angeles, California.
Frida KahloThe fiery feminist painter had some interesting final words: “I hope the exit is joyful and hope never to come back.” Although the official cause of death was listed as ” pulmonary embolism,” some suspect that she died from a morphine overdose that may or may not have been accidental.
George OrwellThe famous author George Orwell was known to be ahead of the times. His famous last words were “At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.” He died just after that, at the age of fortysix.
George Reeves“I’m tired. I’m going back to bed.” Television’s original Superman uttered these words to friends shortly before he committed suicide. The following year, he was awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.
Groucho Marx“This is no way to live!” This was Groucho Marx’s final statement before dying in Los Angeles. His brother, Leonard, who often stared with him in comedy films also had some memorable last words. Leonard said to his wife, “Remember, Honey, don’t forget what I told you. Put in my coffin a deck of cards, a mashie niblick, and a pretty blonde.”
H.G. WellsAuthor Wells was not aware that he was dying when he said “Go away. I’m all right.” He died of a heart attack at the apartment of a friend in London.
Harry Houdini“I’m tired of fighting, Dash. I guess this thing is going to get me.” These were the famous magician’s last words, to his brother Theo, the day before his death.
Heath LedgerLedger’s final words were spoken to his sister, on the phone. She was worried he was too anxious, and he calmed her nerves by stating, “Katie, Katie, look…it’ll be fine, you know, I just need to get some sleep.” He died from mixing sleeping pills with his prescriptions.
Heavy DThe hip-hop star famously tweeted, “Be inspired”, right before he collapsed, in 2011, outside his home in Beverly Hills, California. Afterward, his friend MC Hammer tweeted, “We had a lot of great times touring together. He had a heart of gold. He was a part of what’s good about the world.”
Herman MelvilleMoby Dick Author Herman Melville died saying, “God bless Captain Vere!” This was a reference from his then-unpublished novel Billy Budd, which was discovered on his desk after he died.
Humphrey BogartHollywood film legend and husband to Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart allegedly said, “Goodbye, kid. Hurry back” as she went to go pick up the kids.
James BrownThe Godfather of Soul must have known the end was near, as his final words were “I’m going away tonight.” He died on Christmas Day, 2006.
James DeanThe heart-throb actor said “That guy’s gotta stop…He’ll see us.” This was said to his friend Rolf Wütherich, seconds before the car crash that ended Dean’s life. Wütherich had just told Dean to slow down.
Jane AustenJane Austen was a famous English novelist. When her sister, Cassandra, asked Jane if she wanted anything, she responded “I want nothing, but death.”
Jeanne Antoinette de PompadourShe was a member of the French court and mistress of Louis XV. When she died, she told God to “wait a second” and she quickly applied rouge to her cheeks.
Jean-Paul SartreThe French philosopher and political activist sweetly turned to to his partner Simone de Beauvoir and said “I love you very much, my dear Beaver.”
JesusJesus is the central figure of Christianity who is also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity, said “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”
Jimmy StewartThe actor was 89 when he died. His last words were “I’m going to be with Gloria now.” Gloria was his wife of 44 years, who had died three years prior.
Joan CrawfordKnown for her feisty spirit, Crawford went out in typical fiery fashion; she said, “Dammit! Don’t you dare ask God to help me!” as her housekeeper began to pray aloud, by her side.
Joanie “Chyna” LaurerWWE legend Chyna posted a video to fans online just days before she died of a suspected overdose. Her last words: “I just want y’all to have a beautiful beautiful day today and I’m sure I’ll be posting more things as the day goes on, ’cause I’ll have all my friends here.”
Joe DiMaggioLike a line out of a Hollywood romance movie, DiMaggio said, “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.” Marilyn Monroe had died previously, and was his first wife.
Johannes BrahmsAs the German composer took a final sip of wine in his bed, he declared “Yes, that tastes nice!” Brahms is buried in the Zentralfriedhof cemetery in Vienna.
John F. KennedyWhen a friend said, “you certainly cannot say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President,” JFK responded with his final words: “No, you certainly can’t.”
John LennonAt the hospital after being shot by assassin Mark David Chapman, John Lennon was asked if he was John Lennon; he responded with, “Yes, I am.”
John WayneWestern star John Wayne was with his wife as he died and said to her, “Of course I know who you are. You’re my girl. I love you.”
Johnny AceAce was an R&B singer who died tragically, while playing with a gun during a break in his concert set. His last words were, “I’ll show you that it won’t shoot.”
Just like James Brown, Ace died on Christmas day.
Josephine BakerOn the night before she died of a cerebral hemorrhage, Baker attended a party thrown in her honor. As she left, she declared “Oh, you young people act like old men. You are no fun.”
King Louis XIVKing Louis XIV, also known as Louis the Great or the Sun King of France: “Why do you weep? Did you think I was immortal?”
Luciano PavarottiThe Italian tenor died at 71, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. His last words: “I believe that a life lived for music is an existence spent wonderfully, and this is what I’ve dedicated my life to.”
Lucille BallAs the redheaded actress was dying, someone asked her if she wanted anything. “My Florida Water” was her reply. Florida Water is a citrus-scented, unisex cologne that dates back more than 200 years.
Ludwig van BeethovenThe legendary German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven addressed his gathered loved ones and said “Friends applaud, the comedy is over.” Quite an odd statement.
Malcolm XRight before the American Muslim minister and human rights activist was assassinated, Malcolm X said, “Hold it! Hold it! Let’s cool it! Let’s be cool, brothers!”
Margaret SangerThe birth control advocate and Planned Parenthood founder’s last words were, “A party! Let’s have a party.” She died of congestive heart failure in 1966 in Tucson, Arizona.
Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette uttered some very polite words before her death on the guillotine. She said “Pardonnez-moi, monsieur,” after accidentally stepping on her executioner’s foot. Translation: “Pardon me, sir, I meant not to do it.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.The slain civil rights leader said “OK, I will” in response to a suggestion that he wear a coat for his speech in Memphis that day.
Mata HariThe Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan & accused spy said “Everything is an illusion” right before she faced a firing squad in France in 1917.
Michael JacksonHis death shocked the world, although his final words were simple…”More milk.” Milk is the nickname he gave the anesthetic propofol, which is exactly what eventually took his life, through an overdose.
Michael Landon“Little House on the Prarie” actor Michael Landon, dying of cancer in 1991, was surrounded by his family. His son told him that it was time to let go and move on. Landon responded, “You’re right. It’s time. I love you all.”
Millard FillmoreThe 13th President of the United States said “The nourishment is palatable.” when his doctor asked about his food. Each year on the anniversary of his birthday a ceremony is held at his grave site in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo.
Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali, the legendary heavyweight boxing champion, passed away on June 3, 2016. Born Cassius Clay, Ali was once named the “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated. After skyrocketing to fame as a young fighter, Ali struggled with Parkinson’s syndrome for the final three decades of his life.
Despite the fact that his illness robbed him of the ability to speak, Ali was able to issue public statements via social media. The awe-inspiring champion was active on Twitter, and some of his last messages seem especially poignant now. On May 10, Ali wished The Rock and U2 frontman Bono happy birthdays, and on April 22 he posted a touching tribute to Prince. “We’ve lost a true original. @Prince was someone who cared for others & used his genius to help many. #AliTweet”
NostradamusThe seer reportedly said “Demain, au soleil levant je ne serais plus” to a friend at his bedside. This translates to “Tomorrow, at sunrise, I will be here no more.” Guess he was right about that one, too.
O. HenryAmerican writer William Sydney Porter, better known by his pen name O. Henry, said “Turn up the lights, I don’t want to go home in the dark.”
Orson WellesThe prolific actor, director, writer, and producer left this message on a friend’s answering machine shortly before he died: “This is your friend. Don’t forget to tell me how your mother is.”
Oscar WildeThe eccentric Irish-born writer allegedly made a strange final statement before he died in 1900; “The wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.”
Pancho VillaPancho Villa, the Mexican revolutionary, uttered these words “Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.” He made the statement after being shot.
Paul WalkerThe last thing the actor reportedly said was to Jim Torp, the engineer of a charity event Walker attended. Walker said, “We will be back in five minutes,” right before he got into the Porsche crash that took his life.
“Pistol” Pete MaravichBasketball great “Pistol” Pete Maravich, who played for the Atlanta Hawks, the Utah Jazz, and the Boston Celtics, collapsed during a pickup game. His last words: “I feel great.”
Prince Rogers NelsonJust five days before his shocking death, musician Prince appeared at what would be his final concert. Prophetically, he said to the crowd, “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.” The statement was made to address a recent trip he’d made to the hospital.
RaphaelTalk about going out the way we’d all like: Italian artist Raphael’s last word was simply “Happy.” He was only 37 years old when he died.
Ryan DunnThe crazy stuntman, famous from the MTV show “Jackass,” sent a final text to his buddy and co-worker Bam Margera, before getting into the horrific car crash that took his life. It read “Stopping for a beer, be there when I can.”
Sigmund FreudThe iconic Austrian neurologist and father of psychoanalysis said “This is absurd! This is absurd!” He was suffering from cancer and he died by physician-assisted suicide.
Steve Irwin“Don’t worry, they usually don’t swim backwards,” said Irwin of stingrays while filming a segment for his daughters show. The “Crocodile Hunter” famously died from a freak stingray accident. Stingrays are one of the most docile bottom feeders, with only 17 deaths total worldwide.
Steve JobsThe man responsible the iPhone and Macbook (and everything else Apple) famously said, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow” as he died from pancreatic cancer in 2011.
T.S. EliotT.S. Eliot, the American-born British essayist, sweetly mumbled his wife’s name as he died: “Valerie.” The house where he died has had a blue plaque on it in his honor.
Thomas B. MoranMoran was an infamous pickpocket with the nickname “Butterfingers.” Right before he died in 1991, he said “I’ve never forgiven that smart-alecky reporter who named me Butterfingers. To me, it’s not funny.”
Truman CapoteThe author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, Capote said one word, repetitively, “Mama—Mama—Mama.” He died of liver disease at the age of 59.
Vladimir Ilych LeninShortly before the Communist leader and mastermind of the Bolshevik Revolution died, a dog brought him a dead bird (presumably as a gift). Lenin said “Good dog.”
Vladimir NabokovThe Lolita author had a deep fondness for insects, particularly for butterflies. His last words: “A certain butterfly is already on the wing.” How poetic.
Walt DisneyWalt Disney oddly wrote the name, “Kurt Russell” on a piece of paper right before he died of lung cancer in 1966. Talk about a lot of pressure for the-then child star who was working at Disney Studio. Kurt Russell confirmed the story on Jimmy Kimmel Live in April 2007, but does not know why Walt wrote his name.
Whitney HoustonThe super-star diva of a singer reportedly muttered, “I’m gonna go see Jesus, want to see Jesus,” as she took her final breaths in February of 2012.
Winston ChurchillThe British Prime Minister said, “Oh, I am so bored with it all,” perhaps referring to his illness. He then slipped into a coma and died nine days later.