Thursday, August 16, 2012

Famous People's Final Words


Famous people's final words should be, well, famous. But since most people don't know which words will be their last, those final utterances can be revealing, touching or just plain odd.

Today marks the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. In honor, we've rounded up the reported last words of some other memorable people, including Steve Jobs, Bob Marley, Princess Diana and George Washington.
Heavy DWhere he died: Beverly HillsClaim to fame: The Jamaican-born American rapper and record producer was front man for Heavy D and the Boyz. He would go on to be president of Uptown Records. Last words: “Be inspired.” (Final Tweet sent by the rapper before collapsing outside his home.)
Steve JobsWhere he died: Palo AltoClaim to fame: The Apple co-founder and CEO revolutionized the world of personal computers with the evolution of the Macintosh and later developed the iPod, iPhone and iPad. He also was the co-founder of Pixar. Last words: “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” (Revealed by his sister, novelist Mona Simpson, in her eulogy to her brother.)
Tim Russert Where he died: Washington, DCClaim to fame: Highly regarded TV journalist, longtime moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press."  One of his first jobs was working for a fiery Democratic senator. Last words: "What's happening?" (Spoken as a greeting to a colleague.) (What did he mean?)
Tammy Faye MessnerWhere she died: Loch Lloyd, MissouriClaim to fame: You may remember her as Tammy Faye Bakker, the teary co-host of "The PTL Club." Her ex-husband was a preacher who ended up in prison. Last words: "I'm in the hands of Jesus."
Pope John Paul IIWhere he died: Vatican CityClaim to fame: Polish native and beloved supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church influential world leader. Last word: "Amen."
Barry WhiteWhere he died: Los AngelesClaim to fame: Versatile, multi-award-winning R&B artist; master of soulful, smooth pop music in the 1970s. See videos and photos. Last words: "Leave me alone. I'm fine."
Joe DiMaggioWhere he died: Hollywood, FloridaClaim to fame: Joltin' Joe, considered one of the greatest baseball players ever. Last words: "I finally get to see Marilyn." (Referring to his ex-wife.)
Frank SinatraWhere he died: Los AngelesClaim to fame: Idolized singer in the 1940s, successful actor in the '50s and early '60s and a member of this celebrity gang. Last words: "I'm losing." Other sources say, "I'm losing it," (according to his daughter).
Mother TeresaWhere she died: Kolkata, West Bengal, IndiaClaim to fame: Humble, humanitarian Roman Catholic nun who gave aid and hope to the sick, orphaned and dying poor of India for more than 45 years. Read some of her famous quotes. Last words: "Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you."
Alex the African grey parrotWhere he died: Waltham, Mass.Claim to fame: The subject of a 30-year scientific experiment to study the intelligence of parrots. Last words: "You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you."
Princess Where she died: ParisClaim to fame: Popular first wife of Britain's Prince Charles, a charismatic princess who became the unceasing focus of the global media. She was also a humanitarian. Last words: "My God. What's happened?"
Indira GandhiWhere she died: New DelhiClaim to fame: The only female prime minister of India, she served for 15 years, working to bring progress to her country. Last words: "I don't mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die today, every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation."
Marvin GayeWhere he died: Los AngelesClaim to fame: One of Motown's top hit makers; had a major impact on the diverse styles of popular music that developed in the 1960s and '70s. Last words: "Mother, I'm going to get my things and get out of this house. Father hates me, and I'm never coming back."
Bob MarleyWhere he died: MiamiClaim to fame: Singer-songwriter-musician, considered the father of Jamaican reggae music and an ambassador of this spiritual movement. Last words: "Money can't buy life." (To one of his sons.)
John LennonWhere he died: New York CityClaim to fame: Founder of The Beatles; went on to solo fame a controversial and vocal opponent of this war. Last words: "Yes, I am." (While sitting in a police car on the way to the hospital, after officers asked him if he was John Lennon.)
Elvis PresleyWhere he died: Memphis, Tenn.Claim to fame: "The King" was arguably the most popular singer of his time. He also was a movie star. He became a superstar with this appearance. Watch footage of his funeral in Memphis. Last words: "I hope I haven't bored you." (Ending his last press conference.) Other reports say his last words were: "OK, I won't." (Spoken to this woman, who told him on the way to the bathroom not to "fall asleep in there.")
Joan CrawfordWhere she died: New York CityClaim to fame: Actress known for her glamorous image and over-the-top self-promotion. Crawford became notorious as a mean mom -- at least according to this author. The book became a bigger-than-life movie and sparked a campy quote that lives on. Last words: "Damn it ... don't you dare ask God to help me." (Whom did she say them to?)
Pablo PicassoWhere he died: Mougins, FranceClaim to fame: Renowned painter, sculptor, founder of this art form; some consider him the 20th century's most famous artist. Last words: "Drink to me!" Other reports say, "Drink to me. Drink to my health. You know I can't drink anymore."
Robert F. KennedyWhere he died: Los AngelesClaim to fame: Adviser and then attorney general to his brother John F. Kennedy, he ran for the presidency in 1968 Last words: "Is everyone else all right?" (Whispered to his wife.)
Martin Luther King Jr.Where he died: Memphis, Tenn.Claim to fame: Pastor, Nobel Prize winner, acclaimed speaker, human rights activist, champion of African-American civil rights, instrumental in the passage of this act. Read the speech he gave the day before he died. Last words: "Make sure you play 'Take My Hand, Precious Lord.' Play it real pretty." (Some disagree on the exact wording of this comment to musician Ben Branch, who was to perform at an event that evening.)
Malcolm XWhere he died: New York CityClaim to fame: Activist, speaker and one of the nation's most influential -- and controversial -- black leaders. He was also a member of this religious group. Last words: "Cool it, brothers." Other reports say, "Now, now, brothers, break it up, be cool, be calm." Still others say, "Brothers, brothers, please! This is a house of peace."
Winston ChurchillWhere he died: LondonClaim to fame: Considered one of history's greatest wartime leaders and statesmen; served as Britain's prime minister during World War II. Last words: "I'm bored with it all."
President John F. KennedyWhere he died: DallasClaim to fame: The 35th and youngest American president to be elected was also an inspiring speaker. Last words: "If someone is going to kill me, they will kill me." (Upon arriving in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.)
Marilyn MonroeWhere she died: Los Angeles (Brentwood)Claim to fame: Sex symbol and Hollywood movie icon of the 1950s. She is rumored to have had affairs with this man and his brother. Last words: "Say good-bye to Pat (who?), say good-bye to Jack (see previous sentence) and say good-bye to yourself, because you're a nice guy." (Whom did she say that to?)
James DeanWhere he died: Cholame, CaliforniaClaim to fame: Iconic, gifted actor who will forever be known as the face of rebellious youth in the 1950s. Here he is in his few movies: "East of Eden," "Rebel Without a Cause" and his last film. Last words: "That guy's got to stop ... he'll see us."
Frida KahloWhere she died: Coyoacan, Mexico CityClaim to fame: Acclaimed Mexican artist, self-proclaimed communist, creator of a unique brand of folk art that included vividly colored self-portraits. Last words: "I hope the exit is joyful and hope never to return."
Babe RuthWhere he died: New York CityClaim to fame: Historic home-run king of American baseball, "the Bambino" was a sports hero of the 1920s. He was also known as this. Last words: "I'm going over the valley."
Virginia WoolfWhere she died: Rodmell, Sussex, EnglandClaim to fame: One of the last century's most important authors, feminists and essayists; wrote the classic "A Room of One's Own," among other celebrated works. Last words: "I feel certain that I'm going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices."
President Abraham LincolnWhere he died: Washington, DCClaim to fame: America's Civil War president and a stirring orator. Read some of his speeches and see photos. Lincoln also wrote this document, which officially freed slaves in the South. Last words: "They won't think anything about it." (After Mary Todd Lincoln asked him what the audience members at Ford's Theater might think of two old people holding hands.)
Edgar Allan PoeWhere he died: BaltimoreClaim to fame: One of America's most famous writers of the 19th century, known for tales steeped in darkness, mystery and death. Last words: "Lord, help my poor soul."
George WashingtonWhere he died: Mount Vernon, Va.Claim to fame: He led troops in the American Revolution. He later became the first president of the new United States. Here are his first words in office in 1789. Last words: (historians disagree over these three): "It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go." "I am just going. Have me decently buried, and don't let my body be put into the vault in less than three days after I am dead. Do you understand?" "'Tis well, 'Tis well."

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