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.