One of several types of social media out there, the thing that made Twitter stand out was that it limited posters to only one hundred forty characters. Forcing people to then use concise statements, pictures, or videos, unless you subverted this principle in one way or another, you had little real estate to get your idea across. When it comes to accounts operated by celebrities, this actually serves to let their fans get a better understanding of what thought was running through their head anytime they post something.
A group that regular Joes like us want to understand, that only becomes truer once a famous person dies, and we can only look at them in retrospect. As such, when someone you’ve followed passes away, you may be inspired to check out their Twitter account to see what they were thinking near the end. Realizing that is what inspired us to put together this list of twenty final tweets by celebs that will send chills up your spine.
In order for a tweet to be considered for inclusion on this list, the most important prerequisite is that it was sent out by a celebrity prior to his/her death. That said, we considered both tweets and re-tweets. What that means is that when looking at these Twitter accounts, if a re-tweet was the last thing posted prior to death, we considered it but also looked at their last original tweet. With that clear, we next considered what was posted in relation to the circumstances of their death, as well as just looking at it knowing they would not survive long enough to post something else.
20 Amy Winehouse
A singer with one of the most soulful voices we’ve ever heard, Amy Winehouse was always of a small stature but that belied the fact that she was one of the most powerful performers we’ve seen yet. Also blessed with charisma that made you really buy into the things that she would sing, she was best known for songs like “Rehab,” “Back to Black,” “Valerie,” and “In My Bed.” Unfortunately, she was on the outs by the time she died because her substance abuse issues were so bad that she was no longer able to perform at the same level despite never losing her vocal abilities. Posting on Twitter the just plain odd statement “oinka oikna oinka why you awake” the day she died, her life was taken by alcohol poisoning, and her tweet seemed to point to her altered state of mind.
19 Dave Mirra
An absolute legend of the X Games, Dave Mirra started out his career as a BMX biker and then became a big deal in rally cross racing as well. Rightfully inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame just over five months after his death (and yes, that is a thing that exists), there is no doubt in our mind that such an institution would be faulty without him in it. Someone who seemed like he had it all–fame, fortune, and family–internally, things clearly weren’t going well for him since he took his own life with a gun and then had his brain examined which revealed CTE. Posting on Twitter for the final time two months prior to taking his final breath, he wrote about his sadness at the death of his friend, Scott Weiland, which we think could have contributed to his dark thoughts.
18 Ryan Knight
Somebody who entered the spotlight when he was cast in the twenty-fourth season of one of the first “reality” shows that became popular in America, his season was called The Real World: New Orleans. Preferring to go by his last name, Ryan Knight was introduced as a former hockey player whose career and scholarship was ripped from him after he severely injured his shoulders. Depressed as a result, he became addicted to painkillers but was in recovery for six months during the taping of the series. Eventually succumbing to his dependence on substances on November 24th, 2014, he suffered an overdose, but not before tweeting “You used to mean a lot.” Officially ruled to be an accidental death, it certainly seems like the last thing he wrote on social media was pretty ominous.
17 DJ AM
One of the best-known DJs in the world at the height of his career, the man that was known as DJ AM commanded huge paydays to perform at the end of his life. Also a part of the band Crazy Town for a couple of years, it was when he became a solo act that things really took off for him. Involved in a horrific accident in 2008, a Learjet he was on crashed, killing several people aboard, he and Travis Barker were the only survivors. However, he suffered burns to his head and hands. Found dead in his New York City on August 28, 2009 from an overdose, three days earlier, he tweeted for the last time: “New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems.” Clearly, he was right about what his time there had in store for him.
16 Mitch Lucker
The frontman of the deathcore band Suicide Silence, Mitch Lucker was the group’s lead singer and was a huge part of the reason why they were met with success. With their first album selling better than anything ever put out by their publisher, Century Media, it was clear that there was an audience that really liked what they were doing. Ultimately a part of three separate albums, it seemed like larger success was around the corner for them as they began to buff away some of their more controversial attributes. After all, we don’t think it is a coincidence that as time went on, they dropped their anti-religion lyrical content as that could have been a big stumbling block. Dying on November 1st, 2012 after riding a motorcycle that crashed the night before, mere hours before losing control of his bike, he tweeted “the dead are living” alongside a link to a photo of himself.
15 John Hurt
One of the most respected actors of his generation, John Hurt was able to breathe life into many characters that would go on to mean a lot to people all over the world. Best known for films like Alien, The Elephant Man, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Contact, V for Vendetta, Rob Roy, and far too many others to list here, no matter what genre you prefer, he was a part of it. Seventy-seven years old at the time of his death, after fighting off pancreatic cancer, he ended up passing away in his home instead of in a hospital. Posting on Twitter for the last time a couple of months earlier, his last post was a re-tweet that was tackling the death of Leonard Cohen. Featuring a quote that spoke to being “ready to die” and hoping “it’s not too uncomfortable,” after finding out how John exited the world, it seemed like a prediction.
14 Reid Flair
A wrestler who was very much on the rise at the time of his death, Reid Flair may not have found gigantic fame as a WWE wrestler but he had attained notoriety nevertheless. The son of one of the most legendary professional wrestlers of all time, Ric Flair, he seemed to be poised for great things. Wrestling all over the world during the final years of his life, oftentimes with his dad traveling with him, he had developed a following in Japan and was working for independent companies in North America. Sadly found dead on March 29th, 2013, an autopsy revealed that an accidental overdose is what led to this awful turn of events. Posting the day before for the final time, it was clear that he was looking forward to a weekend of working as he mentioned two upcoming events and that his father would be with him. That is sad to contemplate as he wouldn’t appear there as promised, but his tweet also called for “even better time ahead” which reveals that he wasn’t ready to be gone.
13 George Michael
First entering the public space as one half of the pop pairing Wham!, George Michael and his cohort Andrew Ridgeley released hit tracks like ”Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Last Christmas.” Going on to become a singles act, he was able to surpass anything that came before as his songs like “Careless Whisper,” “Father Figure,” “Faith,” and “Freedom ‘90” were sensations. Spending the final years of his life largely absent from the public eye, we can’t be sure what was happening in his life at the time but from the outside looking in, it seems like he’d found happiness. Tweeting on February 11th, 2016 a link to a Valentine’s Day playlist featuring his music, it was a fitting final statement to his fans as he ended it with a broken heart emoji.
12 Roger Ebert
The first film reviewer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, Roger Ebert also wrote the screenplay for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls which is a celebrated cult classic. On top of that, he is probably the most famous film critic ever, and the show he created with Gene Siskel where they debated movies was a benchmark moment for television cinema discussion. Diagnosed with cancer in 2002, the disease would ravage his body enough to take away his ability to speak, but he remained vibrant with the aid of a computer that communicated on his behalf. Ultimately passing away on April 7th, 2013, after being hospitalized for a fractured hip, he showed immense grace in his final days. Tweeting four days before he departed this world, he posted a link to something he wrote announcing that he wouldn’t be continuing his work for a while. Also including the words “My leave of presence,” it is hard to read those exact words since we know he would die so soon after that.
11 Billy Mays
One of the best-known infomercial pitchmen of all time, Billy Mays really made a name for himself with his many appearances on the Home Shopping Network as well. Creating the business May Promotions, Inc., he was able to turn it into a juggernaut because of how skilled he was at communicating the effectiveness of a product in short television segments. Found unresponsive in his bed by his wife on June 28th, 2009, he died of hypertensive heart disease. But two days earlier, it seems like he could have gone out another way. Going on a flight at the time, he tweeted that it was stuck on the runway since the tires blew out. But if that had happened while it was landing, it could have had horrible repercussions. Starting to seem like the plot of a Final Destination movie, it feels like couldn’t escape his demise.
10 Tyler Sash
A standout football player who played for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes during his formative years, Tyler Sash had thirteen career interceptions there, which isn’t too far off from the school’s record. Going on to be drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2011 Draft, he would go on to be a part of the Super Bowl XLVI championship squad. However, his NFL career did not last. Found dead on September 8th, 2015, he had succumbed to a mixture of drugs. Then, after his brain underwent testing, he was shown to be suffering from the degenerative brain disease CTE. Posting on Twitter for the last time three days prior to being found, the image he posted looked like a candlelight vigil with a photo of a football player which seems quite ominous.
9 Ervin McKinness (a.k.a. Inkyy)
An aspiring rapper who was twenty-one years of age when he passed away, Ervin McKiness, the man known as Inkyy, seemed to be on the rise and should have had several years in front of him. Unfortunately, a horrible decision that he was clearly okay with took not only his life but also those of all three people he was with at the time. Tweeting for the last time on September 2nd, 2012, his short message made it clear that he was heavily under the influence while drifting his car around street corners. Slamming through a red light not too long after posting that message, the car he was in drove into a wall at a very high speed which ended the life of everyone present.
8 Stevie Ryan
Part of a new generation of celebrities that garnered fame in a manner that did not even exist a couple of decades ago, Stevie Ryan became a big deal because of her ability to get a following on YouTube. Getting a TV deal, as a result, she starred in the VH1 series Stevie TV which was inspired by characters she created for the video sharing site previously. Seeming to be living the dream to casual observers, she was one of the best success stories stemming from YouTube we’d ever seen at the time and was proof positive that it could be the breeding ground for upcoming talents. Unfortunately, she was as human as us and suffered from depression, which led to her committing suicide by hanging on July 1st, 2017 at only thirty-three years old. Posting on Twitter a photo of her grandfather who’d passed away only hours earlier, it is easy to draw the conclusion that his passing contributed to her state of mind.
7 Chester Bennington
The lead singer of the rap-rock band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington and his cohorts in that act seemed to pop up out of nowhere to become a big deal in the music industry overnight. Best known for songs like “In the End,” “Faint,” “Shadow of the Day,” and “One Step Closer” to list only a sampling, the band also turned a lot of heads due to their collaborative album with Jay-Z. Someone who had been open about his struggles with depression during his career, despite that, nobody seemed to expect it when it was announced that his dead body was found on July of 2017. Posting his last thing that wasn’t a re-tweet on Twitter a couple of weeks earlier, he uploaded a photo of himself performing with a crowd of hundreds of people around him. Pointing to the impact that he had on these fans and the beauty in what he got from them as well, it has become an especially sad shot now.
6 Capital Steez
A young man who was based out of Brooklyn and co-founded a “rap collective” called Pro Era with a friend and record producer, Capital Steez seemed to have all the potential in the world. Also known for founding the so-called “Beast Coast movement,” at the time of his death, his popularity was very much on the rise. In fact, XXL Magazine cited a lyric from his song “Survival Tactics” as one of “25 Of The Best Closing Lines In Rap,” and Spin listed his work as part of their “25 Best Rap Lines of 2012” list. Sometimes, not all that shines is gold, however, and it seems like things weren’t as rosy for him as they seemed on the outside. Opting to end his own life on December 23rd, 2012, he tweeted two simple words just prior, “The end,” which speaks for itself.
5 Peaches Geldof
In the spotlight from birth due to being the daughter of Boomtown Rats singer and activist Bob Geldof, as well as TV host Paula Yates, Peaches Geldof had a good breeding ground for celebrity. First taking advantage of her platform as a columnist, she also wrote numerous articles for The Guardian. Going on to follow in her mom’s footsteps by becoming a television personality, she starred in a pair of documentaries for the medium. Moving on to the fashion world, she also became a model on the rise and was named a Top Ten Fashion Icon of the year in 2006 and one of hottest women in the world in 2007 by separate magazines. Someone with a varied career, she did all of it despite struggling with addiction which took her life as she was found dead on April 7th, 2014. Posting on Twitter for the last time earlier, she linked to her Instagram post that contained a photo of her as a child with her mum which gave a context to her death that was all the sadder.
4 Robin Williams
Somebody who seems like he would absolutely have to be in the conversation of the most beloved actors of all time, Robin Williams was incredibly talented and seemed to be able to do it all. Remembered for a slew of films he was in that connected with the audience, some great examples of that include Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Birdcage, and Dead Poets Society. Despite his often gleeful energy while in public, that belied darker thoughts he had while in private that took him over on August 11th, 2014 when he took his own life. Made all the worse by the tweet he uploaded a couple of weeks before that day, he posted a photo of his daughter in his arms as a child while he wished her a happy 25th birthday. Driving home as sad as we felt as his audience, there were others that must have been truly devastated, and it only served to make his demise more tragic.
3 Reeva Steenkamp
A model that was born in South Africa, there is no doubt about the idea that Reeva Steenkamp was a gorgeous woman while she was alive. Hot enough that she was a finalist in the Weekend Post Faces of the Future competition in 2004 and in the Herald Miss Port Elizabeth contest in 2005, she would go on to be a cover girl for magazines like FHM. Also a television regular through advertisements and as a part of shows like Baking Made Easy and Tropika Island of Treasure, she was really starting to make a mark. Then, she was shot to death by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, on Valentine’s Day 2013. While he claimed that it was a mistake and that he thought she was an intruder, he was found guilty of culpable homicide which makes her final tweet referring to love harder to stomach.
2 Debbie Reynolds
An absolute legend of Hollywood, there is no doubt in our mind that Debbie Reynolds had a huge impact on the industry and her millions of fans. Best known for her work in movies like Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, How the West Was Won, and Mother, those are just a small sampling of her long and lengthy film resume too. The mother of another actor whose contributions to the film world made her a beacon of acting and intelligence to the world, Carrie Fisher, when she died, the world mourned her loss. However, we all knew that it would be a million times harder on Debbie to lose her daughter but we were still surprised that she suffered a stroke and died in the hospital the day afterward. Posting on Twitter for the final time that Carrie was in stable condition days prior to both of their passing, it will always be there as a tribute to the connection they shared in life and death.
1 Mindy McCready
A country music singer that found gigantic success in that genre, Mindy McCready trounced all of the odds to become an international superstar. Releasing five studio albums during her career, her first one was a huge deal that went two times platinum by the RIAA which is a really hard mark to reach. Able to put out twelve singles that made it onto the Billboard country singles chart, she was best known for songs like “Guys Do It All the Time” and “Ten Thousand Angels.” Sadly someone with a very troubled personal life, she dated a man who was charged with attempting to kill her, tried to take her life multiple times and fought addiction issues. Ultimately succeeding in dying at her own hand when she shot herself on February 17th, 2013, it made her tweet from less than a month earlier that ended with “I’m still here” stunning.