The deathbed can either lead someone to mutter some profound stuff… or not. Sometimes they speak with great honesty and what they say may either make sense or not. Some are bravely defiant at the time, others have weird demands while others go on silently. We all hope that when that time comes, we will matter something symbolic or poignant but as history has shown, this does not always happen. Here is a list of alleged last words mattered by 10 famous people.
1. Steve Jobs
Mona Simpson, sister to the late Steve Jobs, recently revealed details of the last moments of her brother with the family. Job once described death as the “single best invention of life”.
According to Simpon, “Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.”
Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.
“Steve’s final words were: ‘Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.'” (source)
2. Steve Irwin
Steve Irwin was a famous crocodile hunter and was filming a documentary in 2006 when he was killed by a stingray. Eight years later, his last words were revealed by cameraman Justin Lyons who was the only one to witness Steve’s final moments.
“He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, ‘I’m dying’. And that was the last thing he said.” (source)
3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The influential classical composer Mozart died at the age of 35 on December 5th 1791. He was completely unconscious until two hours before his death. His attributed last words were: “The taste of death is upon my lips…I feel something, that is not of this earth”. (source)
4. Karl MaX
Karl Heinrich Marx was a German economist, political philosopher, historian and journalist. He died at the age of sixty five. When a servant asked him whether he had any last words, he roared “Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.” (source)
5. Joe DiMaggio
He was an American major league baseball center fielder who was married to Marilyn Monroe. According to his lawyer and confidant, Morris Engelberg, Joe died with Marilyn Monroe’s name on his lips. “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn,” DiMaggio whispered. (source)