Last words or final words are a person’s final articulated words said prior to death or as death approaches. Quotations of last words may not be the words spoken immediately before death, as these tend to reflect the mode of death. However, one’s last words hold an equally important and make quite the impact as we shuffle off the stage of life.
Here is the list of 11 alleged last words from 11 famous people:
1. Jack Daniel (1850-1911) His last word :
“One last drink please.”
Some people live a lifetime creating something and wish to die by its side as well. Jack Daniel, the founder of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whisky distillery was one such man and his last words prove it.
2. Karl Marx (1818-1883) His last word :
“Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.”
Karl Marx, led a lifetime full of memorable words which made him one of the most significant philosophers in the world. No wonder the theorist wanted to have a rather silent end to his journey which he reflected through his poignant last words.
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3. Richard Harris (1930-2002) His last word :
“It was the food.”
The Irish singer better known as ‘Albus Dumbledore’ from Harry Potter, struggled with pneumonia for a long time before dying. His frail physique towards his end was in agreement of his mysterious last words.
4. Walt Disney (1901-1966) His last word :
The showman, Walt Disney who scripted and produced many popular stories during his lifetime, scribbled the name of American actor, Kurt Russell, on a piece of paper before breathing his last. To this day, even Russell is confused as to what Disney meant.
5. John Adams (1735-1826) His last word :
“Thomas Jefferson still survives.”
John Adams, the second president of US, died on the historic day of the 50th anniversary of signing of the Declaration of American Independence. Aware of his declining health, he must have pinned his hopes of a bright future for US on Jefferson.
6. Dimebag Darell (1966-2004) His last word :
Dimebag Darell, one of the most iconic Metal artist, died shortly after he was shot on stage during a performance. He remembered the iconic rock band, Van Halen, before dying. This is probably the biggest token of respect anybody could give to his idol. Halen, moved by the incident, the lead guitarist of Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, himself buried Darell with his iconic yellow striped guitar as a token of respect.
7. Kit Carson (1809-1868) His last word :
“I just wish I had time for one more bowl of Chilli.”
Jack of many trades, Kit Carson led a rugged life. In the time he lead as a mountain guide, soldier and a rancher, Carson came back to piping hot and spicy meals every day. No wonder his last words before the end of his eventful life revolved around spices.
8. Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) His last word :
“Is it not Meningitis.”
Prolonged medical illnesses make us predict our ailments ourselves. After suffering from chronic health problems for a long time, popular writer, Alcott, must have grown curious to know the cause of her own end before finally succumbing to a life ending stroke.
9. Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) His last word :
“Damn it! How will I ever get out of this Labyrinth?”
The helplessness in the last words of Bolivar, the famous South American political and military leader was evident in his last words. Suffering from Tuberculosis from a long time, Bolivar’s tragic last words reflect how desperately he wanted an escape from the pain.
10. Salvador Dali (1904-1989) His last word :
“Where is my clock?”
Artists are inherently attached to their art works. Dali was no different. Before he succumbed to a heart failure, asked for his clock, which was a reference to his magnum opus, The Persistence Of Memory, featuring melting clocks.
11. Nostradamus (1503-1566)
“You will not find me alive at sunrise.”
He was no astrologer still Nostradamus must have sensed that his extreme illness and sufferings might put an end to his life soon. Planning in advance, the French Apothecary and Seer named his property to his wife and predicted his end to his secretary.