For famous people, their entire life is constantly documented in movies, books, and social media. Everything they say can be found online for years to come. Then, when a celebrity dies, one of the most common things that people want to know is: what were their last words? This famous person who had so much to say in life, so what were the words they ended with? Last words seem to be a reflection of an entire life, or a summary of what a person believed.
We often look to a person’s last words for guidance, wisdom and reassurance. Sometimes, they provide us with just that, but other times, a person’s last words are completely unexpected and out if the blue. Here are the last words of 15 legendary celebrities—from Bob Marley to Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor. Some of their words are profound, others are tragic. Let us know if any of them surprise you.
15 Leonard Nimoy - "A life is like a garden..."
14 Amy Winehouse - "I don’t want to die."
13 George Harrison - "Love one another."
12 Bob Marley - "Money can’t buy life."
11 Whitney Houston - "[Going] to see Jesus."
10 Selena - "Yolanda, in room 158."
9 Marvin Gaye - "I made him do it."
8 Jimi Hendrix - "Until we meet again."
Can you believe that Jimi Hendrix’s career only lasted four years, yet he’s had such a huge impact on music and is considered an icon? Seriously, many music fans still have a Hendrix t-shirt or poster (or would like to have one). It really speaks volumes about his talent and the mark he made in the world. The vibrant musician had his life cut short at the age of 27 (just one of many stars who died at that particular age) from a drug overdose and choking on his vomit. He was at a hotel in London and a note found beside his bedside table read, “The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye. The story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again.” It’s interesting and very poetic. You can’t really be surprised that those words came from this legend. Some people believe that this shows that he knew he was about to die, but the coroner’s report had ruled out suicide as a possible cause of death, even though he had taken 18 times the amount of sleeping pills he was supposed to take. His last (written) words are actually in his song, “The Story of Life.”
7 Charlie Chaplin - "It belongs to Him."
Today, movies are filled with witty dialogue, dramatic music, computer-animated creatures, and more. And even so, we’re constantly complaining that all the movies out in theaters are boring! So, there must have been something special about silent film actors (well, one of them, anyway) that made them so entertaining to watch. There’s hardly anyone that can make a silent film as entertaining as Charlie Chaplin. The star, with his trademark felt bob hat and toothbrush mustache, rose to fame in the early 1900s. But, for someone who was famous for being silent, his last words were pretty witty. Chaplin was 88 years old when he passed away from a stroke. It’s reported that his immediate family and a priest were at his bedside when as he was dying. The priest was reading him his rites and said, “May the Lord have mercy on your soul.” Chaplin replied, “Why not? After all, it belongs to Him.”
6 Walt Disney - "Kurt Russell."
5 Steve Irwin - "I’m dying."
4 David Bowie - "[Music] has been my doorway of perception..."
Many musicians are eccentric, but David Bowie arguably takes the cake. The "Space Oddity" singer led a quiet life, but never failed to entertain fans through his music videos and performances. In January 2016, the star passed away after battling liver cancer for 18 months. It’s reported that he struggled to speak towards the end of his life. Bowie said, “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, but it has allowed me so many moments of companionship when I have been lonely and sublime means of communications when I have wanted to touch people. It has been my doorway of perception and the house that I live in." Those are the words of a true musician.
3 Michael Jackson - "Please give me some more."
2 Elizabeth Taylor - "All you can do in this world is help others..."
1 Heath Ledger - "I’ll be fine!"
It’s safe to say that we were all shocked when we heard of Heath Ledger’s passing. We were all anticipating the actor’s portrayal as the Joker in The Dark Knight, when news broke that the actor died of a drug overdose in January 2008. The drugs in this case were all prescription medications, commonly used to treat insomnia, anxiety, or pain. The actor’s last conversation was a warning about mixing the medications. His sister told him, over the phone, “You can’t mix drugs that you don’t know anything about.” He replied, “Katie, Katie, I’ll be fine!” We all wish that his words were true, but sadly, the only things that movie fans have left of Heath are the movies in which he acted so amazingly well.