It’s amazing what runs through a person’s head as they take their last breath. Some people cry out for a loved one, others offer a last piece of advice, and in some cases people even find humor in their last seconds of life.
Charlie Chaplin managed to crack a joke about the end of his life just seconds before he died while Sigmund Freud found the absurdity in the end of life.
Here are the famous last words from 12 hugely popular celebrities.
1. Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger was talking on the phone with his sister when she voiced concern that he was too anxious. Ledger assured her that he would be find with these final words:
“Katie, Katie, look…it’ll be fine, you know, I just need to get some sleep.”
Ledger mixed his sleeping pills with other prescriptions and he passed away in his sleep.
2. Steve Jobs
While Steve Jobs was famous for carefully choosing his words on the stage at Apple events, his final words before dying of pancreatic cancer in 2011 were less carefully chosen.
As he passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2011 Jobs was heard saying:
“Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow. ”
Jobs had delayed typical cancer treatments until it was too late. Instead choosing non-traditional and ineffective homeopathy and other treatments.
3. Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin entertained fans for decades with his hilarious antics. The funny-man not only found humor in life, but also in death.
As he was laying in bed a priest said to the actor, “May the Lord have mercy on your soul.”
Chaplin looked up at the priest and replied, “Why not? After all, it belongs to him.”
Following his death Chaplin’s body was stolen and the thieves demanded a $600,000 ransom.
4. Sigmund Freud
The father of pyschoanalysis decided he had enough of his cancer when he hired a doctor for his physician-assisted suicide.
As he was passing away the Austrian neurologist was heard saying “This is absurd! This is absurd!”
We don’t know what he was referring to, perhaps it was his last opportunity to psychoanalyze his own situation.
5. Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra didn’t mince words as he prepared to take his last breath. He passed away in Los Angeles, California. His last words were simply “I’m losing it.”
Following those words Sinatra died of a heart attack.
Much of his life was mysterious but his last words were straight and to the point.
6. Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea author chose to take his own life at the age of 61.
Right before he took his own life he told his wife, “Goodnight, my kitten.”
Probably not the grandiose monologue we would expect from a literary master. Then again, perhaps he had already written down all of the words he wanted us to have before taking his own life.
7. George Orwell’s Final Words
George Orwell spent much of his literary career warning about the far reaching impact big brother would have on our lives if we gave up our personal rights.
Orwell was ahead of his time but sadly he passed away at 46-years-old.
Before he took his last breath, Orwell said, “At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.”
Leaving us with a warning about life seems like a fitting away for the 1984 author to leave this world.
8. James Brown
James Brown predicted his own upcoming death, which occurred on Christmas Day 2006.
Right before he died Brown said “I’m going away tonight.”
The Godfather of Soul lives on through his music, which is still listened to by millions of people all over the world.
9. John F. Kennedy
The sad final words of John F. Kennedy were spoken to a friend during his fatal trip to Dallas, Texas.
His friend said to the U.S. President, “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.”
He was murdered just seconds later by Lee Harvey Oswald.
10. James Dean
James Dean died in a fatal car accident that he sadly could have avoided.
The Hollywood heart-throb was driving with a friend when he noticed a car speeding towards them.
“That guy’s gotta stop…He’ll see us,” he told his friend, Rolf Wütherich.
Seconds later the two cars crashed into each other. Wütherich had told Dean to slow down right before the crash occurred.
11. John Lennon
After he was shot by Mark David Chapman, The Beatles singer was rushed to the hospital to receive treatment.
As he was brought into the emergency room he was asked “Are you John Lennon.”
His final words were “Yes, I am.” A very succinct message from a man whose words moved a generation.
12. Joe DiMaggio
Joe DiMaggio was married to Marilyn Monroe for a short time and he never forgot those moments.
As he lay on his death bed the famous New York Yankee said, “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.”
Monroe died before her former husband and he apparently never got over her during their marriage.
It’s really amazing to witness the final words of some very famous people. Once you realize that even the best literary minds in the world were at a loss of profound words as they slipped away, you can more easily recognize just how fragile life can be.
Which famous words from these celebrities is your favorite? What will your final words be?