Do you know who uttered these famous last words?


By: John Miller

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"Oh, wow!" Here we go, into that bright white light that greets all of us as we spiral towards death. Can you match these famous last words to the person who uttered them?

"It's OK, gun's not loaded ... see?"

Johnny Ace was a famous R&B singer who decided to play a game of Russian roulette while backstage at a concert. But he was wrong; the gun was loaded.


"Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."

Steve Jobs, of Apple Computers fame, slowly died of cancer. His sister said that he muttered "oh wow" repeatedly as he died.


"Last words are for fools who haven't said enough."

Karl Marx, known for his boisterous forays into politics, was never lacking in words. He mocked anyone who really needed last words to make an impression.


"I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have."

Leonardo da Vinci created some of the greatest works in human history. But he was never satisfied and perhaps even a little disappointed with himself at the end.



Tallulah Bankhead was the borderline out-of-control actress who was known for her rampant substance use. Even at the end, she wanted a fix.


“Pardonnez-moi, monsieur.”

Marie Antoinette was the last queen of France before the Revolution took hold of the country. As she was being led to execution, she stepped on the executioner's toes and begged his pardon.


"I will hear in heaven"

He composed some of the most famous classical music in history, but he was plagued by deafness. Beethoven hoped that in heaven, he'd finally regain his hearing.


"I'm losing it."

Frank Sinatra was the cool cat known for keeping it together, no matter the situation. But at the end, he reportedly said, "I'm losing it."


“A party! Let’s have a party!"

Margaret Sanger is known for her feminist attitudes, volunteer work and birth control stance. And at the end, apparently, she wanted to cut loose and have some fun.


"Money can't buy life."

Bob Marley knew what mattered most -- the pursuit of happiness and kindness. He was more interested in gentleness than cash.


"Van Halen!"

Dimebag Darrell was a guitarist for the hardcore band Pantera ... and as he died, he must've been rocking out to Van Halen in his head.


"I must go in, for the fog is rising.”

Of course, famed poet Emily Dickinson would have something poetic to say as she faded from this world. And of course, she had to reference fog.


"How did the Mets do today?”

Moe Berg was a famous baseball player and coach, and he really wanted to know how the Mets did that day. Fun fact: he never played for the Mets.


"Kurt Russell."

It's true, Walt Disney scribbled "Kurt Russell" on a scrap of paper before he died. Russell was just a child actor at that point, so no one knows why Disney would write such a thing.


“I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

Errol Flynn was the bold Hollywood actor who partied until the end. He clearly didn't regret any of it.


"This is no way to live!"

Groucho Marx, of the Marx Brothers comedy act, had one last funny line in him before he died: "This is no way to live!"


"Damn it! Don’t you dare ask God to help me!”

Actress Joan Crawford suffered a heart attack and her housekeeper began praying for her life. The irascible Crawford told her to knock it off.


"Tomorrow, at sunrise, I shall no longer be here.”

Nostradamus was famous for his many predictions. He apparently predicted his own death ... and he was right (for once).


“Happy anniversary. I love you.”

Vince Lombardi, the famous pro football coach whose name graces the Super Bown trophy, must've been out of rah-rah football speeches. He simply told his wife that he loved her.


“Goodnight my kitten.”

Ernest Hemmingway could never do anything the easy way, and at the end, he knew he was going to kill himself. He told his wife goodnight and then offed himself.


"I should never have switched from Scotch to martinis."

Humphrey Bogart was the dashing Hollywood man known for his partying ways. And at the end, he really regretted taking up martinis.


"Oh, I am so bored with it all."

Winston Churchill always had a mouth to match his quick-witted mind. He was a very active political leader during World War II who must've just been tired of everything he'd seen in his life.


"Swing low, sweet chariot."

Harriet Tubman was a famous abolitionist and spy during the Civil War era. When she passed, she uttered, "Swing low, sweet chariot," a line from a famous spiritual song.


“You’re right. It’s time. I love you all.”

Michael Landon, the gentle actor known for playing wise characters, apparently went with the grace and dignity that he so often portrayed on TV. We should all be so lucky.


"A dying man can do nothing easy.”

As he lay on his deathbed, his family tried to move him around so he'd be more comfortable. But Ben Franklin said that nothing comes easy for a dying man.


"I finally get to see Marilyn."

Famous baseball player Joe DiMaggio was head over heels for Marilyn Monroe. So much so that she made her way into his famous last words.


"It is very beautiful out there."

American inventor Thomas Edison awoke from a coma just long enough to utter this encouraging phrase: "It is very beautiful out there."


"I'm going away tonight."

R&B singer James Brown lived a hard life, and he knew it was ending. He told his manager, "I'm going away tonight," and then he died from heart failure.


"I am not the least afraid to die."

Charles Darwin is known for his work in advancing ideas about evolution. And apparently, he had no qualms about entering into death.


"Surprise me."

Comedian Bob Hope had one last funny line. When his wife asked him where he wanted to be buried, he simply said, "Surprise me."


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