Famous Last Words

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“The trouble with heart disease is that the first symptom is often hard to deal with – sudden death.” Michael Phelps



According to one of his daughters, when on his death bed, Bob Hope was asked where he would like to be buried; the comedian raised an eyebrow and simply answered, “Surprise me.”

Want the last words of someone famous quoted at your funeral? Make a note of it in your own Funeral Plan.

Last words of some poor souls on the brink of execution…

  • When asked for any last requests whilst faced with the firing squad, James Rogers replied, “Why, yes! A bullet proof vest,”
  • George Appel, just before he was executed in electric chair.
    “Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel.”
  • “How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? French fries”.
    James French, executed in electric chair in Oklahoma.
  • “Hurry it up you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you’re screwing around.”
    Carl Panzram, executed by hanging Leavenworth, Kansas.
  • “Remember, the death penalty is murder.”
    Robert Drew
  • “I’d rather be fishing.”
    Jimmy Glass
  • “I did not get my Spaghetti-O’s, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.”
    Thomas J. Grasso, when asked about his last meal.
  • “Lock and load. Let’s do it.”
    G. W. Green. Executed by injection, Texas.
  • “You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the Grim Reaper.”
    Robert Alton Harris
  • “I am innocent, innocent, innocent. Make no mistake about this. I owe society nothing. I am an innocent man and something very wrong is taking place tonight.
    Lionel Herrera
  • “Such is life,”
    Ned Kelly
  • “Monsieur, I beg your pardon.” 
    Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, spoken to the executioner, after she stepped on his foot.
  • “Today is a good day to die. I forgive all of you. I hope God does too.”
    Mario Benjamin Murphy
  • “Shoot straight you bastards and don’t make a mess of it!”       
    Harry Harbord “Breaker” Morant, executed by firing squad.
  • “Capital punishment … them without the capital get the punishment.
    John Spenkelink.

Last words of the more law-abiding, famous and notorious…

  • “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”
    Oscar Wilde, writer
  • “Die, my dear doctor? That is the last thing I shall do.”
    Lord Palmerston
  •  “Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.”
     John Barrymore, actor
  •  “Now comes the mystery.”
     Henry Ward Beecher, evangelist
  •  “I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.”
     Humphrey Bogart, actor
  •  “I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room – and God damn it – died in a hotel room.”
    Eugene O’Neill, writer
  • “Am I dying or is this my birthday?”
    Lady Nancy Astor, when she woke briefly and found herself surrounded by her family.
  • “Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I’m happy.”
     Ethel Barrymore, actress
  • “Don’t let poor Nelly (his mistress, Nell Gwynne) starve.”
    Charles II, King of England and Scotland
  • “It is very beautiful over there.”
    Thomas Alva Edison, inventor
  • “Get my swan costume ready.”
    Anna Pavlova, ballerina
  •  “Curtain! Fast music! Light! Ready for the last finale! Great! The show looks good, the show looks good!”
    Florenz Ziegfeld, showman

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