Famous last words



  • Drummer Buddy Rich died after surgery in 1987. As he was being prepped for surgery, a nurse asked him, “Is there anything you can’t take?” Rich replied, “Yeah, country music.”
  • Richard Feynman, a physicist, author, musician, professor, and traveler, died in Los Angeles in 1988. His last words? “This dying is boring.”
  • Louise-Marie-Thérèse de Saint Maurice, Comtesse de Vercellis let one rip while she was dying. She said, “Good. A woman who can fart is not dead.”
  • Convicted murderer Thomas J. Grasso used his last words to complain about his last meal. He said, “I did not get my Spaghetti-O’s; I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.”
  • Vladimir Ilych Lenin’s last words were, “Good dog.” (Technically, he said “Vot sobaka.”) He said this to a dog that brought him a dead bird.
  • Surgeon Joseph Henry Green was checking his own pulse as he lay dying. His last word: “Stopped.”
  • According to Steve Jobs’ sister Mona, the Apple founder’s last words were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”
  • Bob Marley – ‘Money can’t buy life’
  • Oscar Wilde’s last words were reportedly “This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do.”
  • “Will somebody please get this fucking cat off my chest!” — Filéncio Salmón (1932–96), a Puerto Rican writer of speculative fiction, on his deathbed.
  • O. Henry appeared to have stopped breathing, but was he really dead? ‘Touch his feet’, suggested one of the mourners clustered around his bed, ‘Nobody ever died with warm feet’. Whereupon, the short-story writer raised his head from the pillow, mumbled “Joan of Arc did,” and fell back dead.
  • Dylan Thomas: “I’ve had 18 straight whiskeys. I think that’s the record.”
  • “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”  — Union Major General John Sedgwick, reprimanding his men for ducking for cover, just before he was killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania.
  • Beethoven: “I shall hear in heaven.”

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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