Welcome back everyone. I hope you're doing well. Im sure a lot of us have been told what our first words were in life. They're a pretty huge deal - but some people argue that the last words a person says before they die are even more important. I've found some great examples, some of you may find these intense but here we go.
This is the top 10 Famous last words.
10: Kurt Cobain
The Nirvana front man was as famously talented as he was troubled. He returned to the US after a tour in Germany and was faced with a drug intervention from his wife and close friends.
Although he agreed to the program, he escaped his facility and a week later his body was found. He had killed himself with a shotgun to the head.
The suicide note he wrote addresses his wife, his children and his lost passion. The final line simply read
-it is better to burn out than to fade away-
9: Leonardo da Vinci
Not many people in human history have had such a big impact on art, science, music and engineering as Da Vinci. His paintings are instantly recognizable and his inventions for early parachutes, helicopters and tanks were held back only by the technology around him.
You'd think that a man like that would have some pride in himself but surprisingly not. When he died from a stroke in 1519 at the age of 67, Da Vincis last words were
-I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach quality it should have-
well, what hope do the rest of us have?
8: Elvis Presley
He is undoubtable one of the biggest musical and cultural icons of all time and had adoring fans all over the world. Towards the end of his life, he suffered with obesity and drug addiction.
On August 16th 1977, age 42, he turned to his partner Ginger Alden and said
-I'm going to the bathroom to read-
that's exactly what he did. Unfortunately, years of drug and food abuse meant that when he strained - his heart suddenly stopped. He was dead with his face on the floor.
7: Thomas J. Grasso
He was a convict who was executed in Oklahoma on March 20th 1995 for two murders. As with many inmates on death row, he was asked what he wanted for his final meal. He had 24 steamed mussels, 24 steamed clams, a double cheeseburger from Burger King, 6 spare ribs, 2 strawberry milkshakes, 1 and a half of a pumpkin pie with whipped cream, diced strawberries and a 16 ounce can of spaghetti meatballs.
That last one was a problem though for Thomas. He wanted SpaghettiOs, not spaghetti meatballs. His last words were
-I did not get my SpaghettiOs, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this-
talk about getting your priorities straight.
Any conversation about the greatest rapper of all time will feature this mans name. On September 7th 1996, he was in a car with Suge Knight after a boxing match. After pulling up to some traffic lights, a car next to them wound down their back window and a gunman shot at them.
When a police officer arrived on the scene, he found 2pac on the floor, covered in blood. The officer tried to get a dying declaration from him and asked him who shot him. He looked in his eyes, took a breath and said
After that he slipped out of consciousness and never came around again.
5: James Brown
He was known as the Godfather of Soul and had a career that spanned 6 decades – influencing millions of musicians in the process. He was still playing shows right up to the end.
On December 23rd 2006, he visited his dentist who was shocked at how weak he looked and told him to go see a doctor. His condition worsened and he died on Christmas day from heart failure.
His last words were to his manager - he told him
-I'm going away tonight-
he taking 3 long breaths and fell asleep before dying.
4: Karl Marx
This 19th century philosopher and political theorists founded the notion of Marxism – the believe that capitalism will eventually lead to a class struggle and a communist society. Marx was known to have something to say on everything.
There are hundreds of quotes attributed to him which is why people expected a final one from him. He told those by his side that
-last words are for fools who haven't said enough-
ironically, that is definitely a last words quote.
3: Marie Antoinette
She was Queen of France during the French Revolution. She was found guilty of high treason by the revolutionaries and sentenced to death. It was execution by guillotine.
As she walked up to the scaffold, her last words were not about the revolution, her innocence or her thoughts on life - she said
–Pardon me, sir, I meant not to do it-
she said it to her executioner because she had stepped on his foot. I don't think the apology was needed, he was about to do a lot worse to her.
2: Sir Winston Churchill
The prime minister of the UK during most of World War 2 was once voted the Greatest Brit of all time. He was known for his quick wit and incredible command of language. He had one of the biggest impacts on British politics and died age 90.
His last words were
-I'm bored with it all-
some people expected a complex quote to remember him by, but others feel like Churchill being bored of life showed that he was going out because he wanted to and he was doing on his own terms.
1: Bob Marley
The Jamaican reggae artist stands as one of the most legendary music acts of the 20th century. In July 1977, he was diagnosed with cancer. Over the next 4 years, it spread to the rest of his body.
Eventually, his vital functions worsened. He was rushed to hospital in Miami. His son Ziggy was by his death bed. He turned to him and said his final words
-Money cant buy life-
for a man that spread so much love through his songs, I think those seem like very fitting last words.
Which one of those was your favourite? Have you heard any other good ones?
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