Infamous Last Words From The Most Iconic People In History

CULTURE | February 26, 2017

Ever heard of the phrase “famous last words”? Well these celebrities may not know it, but some of their last words were pretty telling. In fact, some of them are downright spooky; it’s like they knew that their day, hours, minutes and seconds left on Earth were numbered. Some reflected on their lives, while others gave us advice about our own. Here are some infamous last words uttered by some of the most iconic (dead) celebrities. 

Che Guevara

Born in Rosario, Argentina and known for helping Fidel Castro to overturn the Batista government. Che Guevara uttered these last words “You are only going to kill a man”, before his execution in Bolivia.

Walt Disney

A pioneer of animation and creator of Disney Studios, Walt Disney wrote these dying words on a piece of paper before succumbing to lung cancer “Kurt Russell”.

Dylan Thomas

Welsh poet Dylan Thomas last words were “I’ve had 18 straight whiskies... I think that’s the record.” The young poet died at the age of 39 from pneumonia.

Errol Flynn

Known for his role as a handsome romantic, Errol Flynn passed away from a heart attack but not before uttering these last words “I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it”.

Humphrey Bogart

“I should have never switched from Scotch to martinis” said Bogart. Known for his role in “Casablanca”, Humphrey was a heavy smoker and succumbed to cancer of the esophagus.

Alfred Hitchcock

Iconic film director Alfred Hitchcock’s dying words were “One never knows the ending.One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes.”

Ethel Barrymore

Actress Ethel Barrymore died at the age of 79. Her dying words to her housekeeper were “Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I’m happy”. She is known as the first lady of American theater.

Charlie Chaplin

After a priest told Chaplin, “May the Lord have mercy on your soul”, the dying silent film star who passed away from natural causes replied, “Why not? After all, it belongs to him”.

James Brown 

The Godfather of Soul passed away on Christmas morning in 2006 of congestive heart failure, telling his long time manager Charles Bobbit “I’m going away tonight”.

Indira Gandhi 

Before being gun downed by her bodyguard in an attempt to destroy Sikhism’s holiest shrine, Indira Gandhi offered her customary Hindi greeting to her killer, “Namaste”.

Virginia Woolf

English author Virginia Woolf’s dying words written out on paper, before committing suicide by throwing herself into River Ouse with heavy stones in her coat pocket were ,” I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times..”

Mother Teresa

Mother Theresa, known for her humanitarian efforts and Nobel Peace prize winner spoke these words with her dying breath , “Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you”.

Joan Crawford

“Damn it...Don’t you dare ask God to help me”, were the last words spoken by fiery on and off screen actress Joan Crawford to her housekeeper attempting to pray for her.

Malcolm X

“Brothers!Brothers,please! This is a house of peace!” were the last words exclaimed by Malcolm X. Malcolm was assassinated before he could deliver a speech in Manhattan’s Auduon Ballroom.

Marvin Gaye

After getting in between an argument by his parents, Martin Gaye was leaving his parents’ house and said “ I’m going to get my things and get out of this house. Father hates me, and I’m never coming back”, but Martin was fatally shot by his father. 

Princess Diana

Trying to evade paparazzi , Princess Diana’s car ended up in a crash. Her dying words were one of shock told to the paramedic Xavier Gourmelon “My God, what’s happened?”

Martin Luther King Jr. 

“Make sure you play “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”. Play it real pretty” were the last words said by Martin Luther King Jr. to be directed at musician Ben Branch.

James Dean 

Driving his Porsche with his close friend Rolf Wutherich who asked him to slow down , 24 year old actor James Dean dying words were “That guy’s got to stop...He’ll see us”.

Joe Di Maggio

Best known for his 56-game hitting streak , New York Yankees Joe Di Maggio’s last words were “I finally got to see Marilyn”.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe’s last words are unknown but it is reported that she said “Say goodbye to Pat ,Say goodbye to the president, and say goodbye to yourself, because you’re a nice guy”. Peter Lawford made that claim but it was discredited because of his alcohol and drug abuse.

Abraham Lincoln

Enjoying a play with his wife Mary ,who said to him “What will Miss Harris think of my hanging on to you so?” Lincoln replied “She won’t think anything about it”, right before he was assassinated.

Winston Churchill

Winston passed away nine days after he went into a coma .He reportedly said “I’m bored with it all”

Al Capone

Capone’s rumored last words were “ You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can get with a kind word alone ”.

Bobby Kennedy

After getting shot in the head by a Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan, Bobby Kennedy asked his wife Ethel Skakel “is everyone else all right?”

John Lennon

John Lennon was shot by Mark Chapman, who had asked him for his autograph hours before. After shooting Lennon, Chapman opened a copy of JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye whiles John staggering around said , “I’m shot”.

John F. Kennedy

After Nellie Connolly made the statement to John F. Kennedy, “Mr .President , you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you!’” to which he replied “That’s very obvious”. He was then assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Frida Kahlo

Artist Frida Kahlo last words came from her diary “I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return”, it is rumored that she committed suicide

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley, who had a pain killer addiction went to the bathroom went to the bathroom one night. His fiance Ginger Alden told him “Don’t fall asleep in there”, he replied by saying “ OK , I won’t”;those were his last words.

Bob Marley 

Refusing treatment for cancer because of his faith in Rastafarianism, Bob Marley’s dying words to his son Ziggy were “Money can’t buy life”.

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