Final Words from Famous People Right Before They Died


Famous people become like family to the public, as we watch their achievements and failures.

We follow their every move.

Therefore, as a famous person passes we yearn for their legend to live on, for closure.

Here are the last words that were left to us by famous people.

John Lennon

John Lennon rose to fame with the rock ‘n’ roll band, The Beatles.

Not only was he a legendary singer, but he was also a well-known anti-war activist.

He was tragically shot in New York City, in 1980.

He was 40-years-old.

As Lennon was shot outside his residence, he tried to make his way inside to find help.

The last words anyone heard him speak were “I’m shot.”

Prince

Prince is a musical legend and multiple Grammy Winner.

He released hits such as Purple RainWhen Doves Cry, and Kiss. He sadly passed, at the age of 57, in April 2016, from an opioid overdose.

Only days before his death, he made a public appearance.

He said while looking out to the crowd, “Wait a few days before you waste your prayers on me.”

The somber-toned quote makes it seem as though Prince knew what was going to happen to him.

David Bowie

David Bowie is another musical legend who doesn’t need much of an introduction.

The singer, songwriter, and actor is one of the most influential pop icons in the past 50 years.

A good friend of Bowie, Gary Oldman, shared some of his last words, while Gary was at his bedside: “I can’t say that life’s pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it [music], but it has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I have been lonely and sublime means of communications when I have wanted to touch people. It has been my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.”

Bob Marley

Bob Marley made reggae music popular with his hit songs such as “No Woman, No Cry,” and “Get Up Stand Up.”

He tragically lost his battle to skin cancer, in May 1981.

He was 36-years-old.

Throughout his fight with cancer, Marley refused any western medicine treatments.

However, he stayed strong and moments before his death, he said to his son, Ziggy, “Money can’t buy life.”

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston will always be remembered for her big angelic voice in songs such as “I Will Always Love You” and “My Love is Your Love.”

In 2012, she accidental drowned.

The days leading up to her death, she was singing at events and spending time with family and friends.

It has been reported that shortly before her death she told friends “I’m gonna go see Jesus…I want to see Jesus.”

Amy Winehouse

The singer-songwriter, Amy Winehouse was known for her deep, and emotional singing.

She released hits such as “Back to Black” and “Rehab.”

Amy had been dealing with alcoholism for some time and sadly, the disease caught up to her, as she died of alcohol poisoning, in 2011.

Hours before her death, Amy said to her doctor “I don’t want to die.”

After her death, her album “Back to Black”, for a time, became the best selling album in the UK of the 21st century.

Steve Jobs


Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, has gone down in history as one of the most revolutionary minds when it came to electronics.

He developed products such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

He tragically lost his battle to pancreatic cancer, at the age of 56, in October 2011.

His sister, Mona Simpson, revealed his last words as a part of a eulogy she delivered.

He said “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”

However, no one was quite sure what he was referring to.

Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio is considered one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the sport.

“Joltin’ Joe” played for the New York Yankees his entire 13-year career, in the MLB.

He is best known for his 56-game hitting streak and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.

He sadly lost his battle to lung cancer in March 1999.

DiMaggio’s lawyer said that his final words were “I finally get to see Marilyn.”

Joe and Marilyn were married for 9 months in 1954.

However, he allegedly never stopped loving her.

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was the youngest American President ever elected.

He was a loved leader who led the country during the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Civil Rights movement.

Unfortunately, many did not like his progressive ideas and he was assassinated, while in Dallas in 1963.

Shortly before he passed he was having a conversation with Texas First-lady Nellie Connolly.

She said to Kennedy “You certainly can’t say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President.”

He responded with either “No, you certainly can’t” or “That’s very obvious.” 

Jackie Kennedy had testified that his words were “something” similar to that.

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye was one of the greatest Motown singers to ever top the charts.

He released hits such as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “What’s Going On.”

He has been bestowed with multiple honors such as receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and being inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sadly, in 1984, he was fatally shot by his father.

His last words were “I’m going to get my things and get out of this house. Father hates me, and I’m never coming back.”

Debbie Reynolds

The death of Carrie Fisher shocked the public.

However, tragedy really struck when her mother, Debbie Fisher, died only a day later.

Debbie was a legendary American actress with over 80 acting credits to her name.

She appeared in films such as Singin’ in the RainThe Unsinkable Molly Brown, and Bundle of Joy.

Debbie was grief-stricken after the death of her daughter, and her last words were “I want to be with Carrie.”

Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden was once the most wanted man in the world.

After devising the September 11th Twin Tower attacks, the world searched for the Al Qaida leader.

However, he was eventually found by the U.S. When he was 54 years old, he was shot and killed during a U.S. covert mission in Pakistan.

His youngest wife, Amal, revealed to the Pakistani government, in a debriefing, what he last words were – “Don’t turn on the light.”

James Dean

James Dean was a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1950s.

He appeared in blockbuster films such as East of EdenRebel Without a Cause, and his last film, Giant.

Sadly, at the young age of 24, in 1955, Dean died in a car accident.

Dean was in the car with a close friend and mechanic Rolf Wütherich, during the accident.

Rolf asked Dean to slow down which he replied “That guy’s got to stop… He’ll see us.”

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart is best known for his acting roles in the 50s and 60s, such as in films like Casablanca and The African Queen.

His performance in The African Queen even won him the Oscar for Best Actor. Bogart passed, at 57, in January 1957.

There are two alleged reports of his last word. Some claim he said, “I should never have switched from scotch to martinis.”

However, the more likely is “Goodbye, Kid. Hurry Back,” a line which was directed to his wife, that left his bedside for a short while.

Dick Clarke

Dick Clarke is best known for his hosting of “American Bandstand” or the annual show “New Year’s Rocking Eve.”

Clarke always knew what was on trend and had a strong ability to connect to his audiences around the world.

Unfortunately, Clarke died of a heart attack in 2012, at the age of 82. Before his death, Clarke began blogging (once again connecting to the younger generation).

He began blogging in the final stages of his life.

The last written words he wrote were “Just when you think all the sounds of dogs barking, people mowing their lawns and children screaming are driving you mad, they may just be keeping you sane!”

Chris Farley

Chris Farley was a well-known actor-comedian.

He appeared in movies such as Tommy Boy and Beverly Hills Ninja.

Sadly, his last days were spent partying and spending time with hookers.

He was with a call girl named Heidi when he collapsed to the floor.

They had just argued about money, and she was leaving.

His last words were“Don’t leave me.”

Sadly, she did and he was found in that same spot.

Chris had died from a drug overdose, in 1997, at the age of 33.

Karl Marx

Karl Marx is best remembered as the revolutionary socialist who wrote the political pamphlet The Communist Manifesto.

It explained the reasons for class struggle within society.

Marx reportedly passed away on March 14, 1883, from bronchitis.

He was actually asked if he would like any last words to be recorded.

Ironically enough, his words were recorded as he said: “Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.”

Barry White

Grammy-Winning artist, Barry White, was best known for his soulful, and almost seductive voice.

He released mega-hits such as “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,” and “Babe and You’re the First, the Last, My Everything.”

After years of health issues, he succumbed to kidney failure in 2003, at the age of 58.

After suffering a stroke and battling renal cancer, Barry’s last words were to his nurse: “Leave me alone, I’m fine”.

Al Capone

Al Capone is known as one of the most notorious crime bosses to ever rule the streets.

He became Public Enemy Number 1 after the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

He died from pneumonia in 1947, at the age of 48.

There are no credible sources of his last words.

However, it has been reported that on his deathbed Capone’s last words were “You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can get with a kind word alone.”

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was the British Prime Minister during World War II.

He is considered a great leader and also great writer.

He was once awarded a Nobel prize for Literature.

Churchill died from a stroke on January 24, 1965.

He was 90-years-old.

It has been reported that right before slipping into a coma he said: “I’m bored with it all.”

He, sadly, died 9 days later.

Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith rose to fame after landing the male lead on the hit musical show Glee.

He also found love with his co-star, Lea Michele.

He, sadly, died at the age of 31, from a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol in 2013.

His fellow cast member from the show, Ryan Murphy, told the public about their final conversation.

Corey had dealt with substance abuse since his early teens, and Murphy said Cory felt regret and was ready to better his life: “I want to get better.”

Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein was an oppressive dictator of Iraq, until he was overthrown by U.S. military forces and captured in 2003.

He was later convicted of crimes against humanity and executed.

Hussein’s last words were while he was in prayer: “I swear there is no God but Allah and Muhammad ….”

The U.S. National Security Advisor who oversaw the execution said Hussein showed no regret and did not ask for forgiveness.

Princess Diana

In 1981, “Lady Di” became an international celebrity after marrying Prince Charles.

However, due to many differences, including a 13 year age gap, the couple split.

Their marriage as a whole was very looked down upon especially by Queen Elizabeth.

However, she is widely known for also doing enormous amounts of charity work.

When she was 36 years old, in 1997, she was in a fatal car accident in Paris.

The Princess was still conscious after the initial crash and said to a paramedic “My God, what’s happened?” 

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra is one of the most popular and influential artists of the 20th century.

He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide and won 11 Grammy awards.

The close friend of Sinatra, Tony Oppedisano, was at his side when Sinatra passed.

Tony said his last words were “I’m losing.”

Sinatra was 82 years old, when he passed from a heart attack, at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in 1998.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley will forever be known as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

His deep voice and seductive grin drove the girls wild as he performed.

He also appeared in a few films and became the star of the Las Vegas show scene.

Sadly, he died at 42, in 1977.

Presley was with his then fiancé Ginger Aldean the night he died.

He told Ginger he was going to read in the bathroom because he couldn’t sleep.

She knew this may have meant popping pills, but she just said “Don’t fall asleep in there,” to which he replied, “OK, I won’t.”

Sadly, Ginger feel asleep and found her love dead the next morning.

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger is best known for performing in films such as 10 Things I Hate About YouA Knight’s TaleBrokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight.

In January 2008, Heath was found unconscious in his bed and paramedics pronounced him dead shortly after arrival.

Autopsy reports show Ledger died of “acute intoxication by the combined effects of” prescription drugs. Ledger’s father told the public about his last words.

Heath had a phone conversation with his sister Kate.

Kate warned Heath that he “can’t mix drugs that you don’t know anything about.”

He responded with, “Katie, Katie, I’ll be fine.”

Michael Jackson

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, will forever be known as one of the greatest artists to ever live.

His lyrics, music, dancing, and fashion still influence pop culture today.

Sadly, Michael overdosed in June 2009.

He was 50-years-old. Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, told Michael’s last words in a paid TV interview.

Murray said Michael was pleading for milk, otherwise known as propofol (the powerful hospital anesthetic Jackson overdosed on).

Alan Thicke

Many people fell in love with Thicke as the dad, Jason Sever, on “Growing Pains,” from 1985 to 1992.

However, he also played recurring roles on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Alan Thicke was playing hockey with his son Carter when he suddenly collapsed.

He suffered from a ruptured aorta and died in the hospital.

Carter told the press that he was bragging to the medical personnel even in the emergency room.

His last words were “Oh, got to play hockey with my son and got to watch him score a goal — what a way to go out.”

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was the biggest sex symbol of Old Hollywood.

Today, she is still considered a major icon of success and beauty.

Before she overdosed on prescription pills, she had reportedly spoken to fellow actor Peter Lawford.

Although there are no verified accounts of what her last words were, the widely accepted and what many would like to believe she said was “Say goodbye to Pat, say goodbye to the president, and say goodbye to yourself, because you’re a nice guy.”

She was 36 years old when she died.

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell was a musician, singer, and songwriter.

He is best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave.

A pioneer of the 1990s grunge movement, Cornell also released 4 solo albums.

Throughout his career, he was nominated for 14 Grammy awards, 2 of which he won.

Sadly, Cornell was found dead in his hotel room in May 2017, after performing at a Soundgarden concert.

Shortly before his death, he spoke to his wife over the phone.

His last words to her were “I am just tired.”

This musical genius will certainly never be forgotten.

Farrah Fawcett

Farah Fawcett played various roles throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.

But, she landed her breakthrough role in 1976.

She was cast as Jill Munroe in the ABC series Charlie’s Angels.

That same year Fawcett shot her famed iconic red swimsuit poster.

That poster is the best-selling poster in history.

Fawcett was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and lost her battle to the disease in 2009.

In her final days, Fawcett helped produce a documentary about her struggle with cancer called “Farrah’s Story”.

One of the lots shots filmed is her saying Why aren’t you filming this? This is what cancer is.” 

She was posthumously given an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Special.

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini is best known for portraying the Italian-American crime boss Tony Soprano, on the hit HBO series The Sopranos. Sadly, in 2013, Gandolfini died from a heart attack, while on a “guy’s trip” with his only son, Michael.

It was reported that hours before his death he dined at the Boscolo Exedra Roma hotel’s outdoor restaurant, with his son.

Therefore, some of his last words were ordering a large meal and conversing with his son.

The New York Post reported that he ate fried prawns slathered with mayonnaise chili sauce, a large portion of foie gras, and drank multiple alcoholic cocktails.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker rose to fame landing roles in teen drama films such as She’s All That and Varsity Blues.

However, he became an international household name, when he landed the role of Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious franchise.

Paul was very involved in the charity “Reach Out Worldwide.”

In November 2013, he was at an event for the charity, and when it concluded he decided to take a Porsche, that was on display, for a spin.

The last words he spoke were to an engineer attending the event, Jim Torp.

He said to Jim, “We will be back in five minutes.”

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