Many people die gasping and delirious, as these are often the friends of disease and old age, but some know their demise is imminent. To that end, they are often kind enough to leave their fans and loved ones with some pretty epic last words. Even those who have been taken from us suddenly oft have left us with interesting or telling last thoughts. For some examples and possibly inspiration, here are 25 Epic Last Words Of The Famous You’ll Want To Hear.
“Oh, you young people act like old men! You’re no fun!” - Josephine Baker
"I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have." - Leonardo da Vinci
"It's okay! Gun's not loaded… see?" - Johnny Ace, blues singer. He was playing Russian Roulette.
"Stopping for a beer, be there when I can." - Ryan Dunn, stuntman and a founding member of Jackass and Viva La Bam.
“One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes.” - Alfred Hitchcock
"Kurt Russell" - Walt Disney. His last words were scrawled on a piece of paper. No one else understands them either.
"Money can't buy life." - Bob Marley
"It's very beautiful over there." - Thomas Edison
"Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!" - Karl Marx
“I must go in, for the fog is rising.” - Emily Dickinson (She was confined to her bed at the time of her death; she was just that beautifully poetic.)
"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP (Live Long And Prosper)." - Leonard Nimoy
"That guy's gotta stop...he'll see us." - James Dean (moments before he was in a fatal car crash)
"The wallpaper and I are fighting a duel. One or the other of us has got to go." - Oscar Wilde
"Why do you weep? Did you think I was immortal?" - Louis XIV of France
“Music has given me over 40 years of extraordinary experiences. I can’t say that life’s pains or more tragic episodes have been diminished because of it…It has been my doorway of perception and the house that I live in.” - David Bowie
“Surprise me.” - Bob Hope, answering his wife when she asked where he wanted to be buried.
“Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy!” - Charlotte Bronte, said to her husband.
“Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I’m happy.” - Ethel Barrymore
"Thomas Jefferson--still survives...." - John Adams (Jefferson had actually died earlier that day. The two had started out compatriots, became political rivals and became close friends in the last two decades of their lives.)
“I want nothing, but death.” - Jane Austen
"Well this is no way to live." - Groucho Marx
“I should never have switched from Scotch to martinis." - Humphrey Bogart
“Lord help my soul.” - Edgar Allen Poe
“I’m losing it.” - Frank Sinatra
“Oh, I am so bored with it all.” - Winston Churchill (who died at age 90)
Photos: 25. Gelderen, Hugo van / Anefo via wikimedia commons via nationaal archeif, 23. Photo of Johnny Ace (fair use) via wikimedia commons via Johnny B. Moore, 22. Andres Perez via Flickr, 19. B.javhlanbayr via wikimedia commons, 15. Gage Skidmore via Flickr, 10. Bill Charles via wikipedia commons, 4. Kate Gabrielle via Flickr