Echoes of Legacy: The Final Words of 40 Notable Figures

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1Douglas Albert Munro

Douglas Albert Munro

Douglas Albert Munro is the only US Coast Guard to receive the Medal of Honor. Whilst providing cover for ground troops with his boat, Munro was fatally wounded. The last words he said were, “did they get off?” referring to the soldiers he'd saved. He was just 22 years old.

2. After Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a 7mm revolver, he walked home and saw doctors but there was no surgeon to remove the bullet. The doctors left him alone smoking his pipe in his room. He died at 37 of infection two days later and his last words were “The sadness will last forever.”

3. Leonardo Da Vinci's last words were: "I have offended God and Mankind, by doing so little with my life."

4. British writer George Norman Douglas' last words were "Get those f*cking nuns away from me."

5. In 1954, famous rhythm-and-blues singer Johnny Ace died after jokingly pointing a gun toward himself and accidentally shooting himself with it. His last words were "It’s okay! Gun’s not loaded… see?"

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6Challenger Space Shuttle

Challenger Space Shuttle

The last recorded words to come from inside the Challenger Space Shuttle before it exploded were, "Uh oh."

7. American gambler and gunman of the old west Doc Holliday’s last words were “This is funny.” He always figured he would be killed someday with his boots on and was looking at his bootless feet, amused, while a nurse attended to him and denied his request for a shot of whiskey.

8. The last words of Scottish adventurer Alexander Blackwell, “I’m sorry for the mistake but this is the first time I’ve been beheaded” were spoken after he laid his head on the wrong side of the chopping block and was corrected by the executioner.

9. Bob Marley's last words to his son Ziggy were "Money can't buy life."

10. American physicist Richard Feynman's last dying words were “I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.”

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11Graham Chapman

Graham Chapman

English comedian Graham Chapman's last words were "Sorry for saying f*ck."

12. Karl Marx's last words were “Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!”

13. German flying ace Heinrich Ehrler during World War 2 shot down two bombers and rammed the last one, destroying both planes in the process. His last words were “Theo, Heinrich here. Have just shot down two bombers. No more ammunition. I’m going to ram. Auf Wiedersehen, see you in Valhalla!”

14. Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's last words were "Quite the contrary" (Tvertimod) in response to his nurse's assuring a visitor he was doing better.

15. John F. Kennedy's last words to Jackie were, "Take off the glasses, Jackie."

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16Lawrence Oates

Lawrence Oates

Antarctic explorer Lawrence Oates sacrificed his life for his crew by walking to his death in −40 °F. His last words were "I am just going outside and may be some time."

17. A French statesman named Charles de Gaulle's last words were “I feel pain here”, pointing at his neck seconds before he unexpectedly died from an aneurysm.

18. The last words of President James K. Polk, to his wife, were: "I love you, Sarah. For all eternity, I love you."

19. Pancho Villa's last words before he died were: "Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something."

20. Terry Kath from the band Chigaco's last words were "Don't worry about it ... look, the clip is not even in it" - just before putting a pistol to his temple and pulling the trigger.

21Eugene O'Neill

Eugene O'Neill

American playwright Eugene O'Neill was born on October 16, 1888 in a hotel at Times Square, he also died on November 27, 1953 in another hotel in Boston. His last words were "I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room and died in a hotel room."

22. The last words of the assassin (Ramón-Mercader) that murdered Leon Trotsky with an ice pick were "I hear it always. I hear the scream. I know he’s waiting for me on the other side."

23. Steve Jobs last words were "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."

24. American singer Bing Crosby's last words were," That was a great game of golf, fellas." Soon after he collapsed from a heart attack.

25. Legendary distiller Jack Daniels' last words were "One last drink, please."

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