Malcolm X

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I became interested in last words after reading William B. Brahms’ Last Words of Notable People (2010). They are as varied as the people who spoke them: at times disappointing (Oscar Wilde died unable to speak), humorous (W. C. Fields: God damn the whole friggin’ world and everyone in it but you, Carlotta), or revealing (Vincent Chin: It's not fair).

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Last words of activist Malcolm X (1925-1965) before he was assassinated during a speech in Harlem.

Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim

Last words of art collector Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979): "These nurses don't have any idea what's wrong with me. They haven't a clue."

Cochise

Cochise

Last words of Cochise (c. 1805–1874), leader of the Chokonen band of the Chiricahua Apache. Cochise led an uprising against the United States government beginning in 1861 and ending with a peace treaty in 1872.

Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka

Last words of the father of manga and creator of Astro Boy, Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫, Tezuka Osamu, 1928-1989). 

Louis XIV

Louis XIV

Last words of Louis XIV (1638-1715), who became king of France at the age of 5. Various last words are reported for Louis XIV, including, "Remember that kings die like other men."

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

Last words of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian founder of psychoanalysis who died from a lethal dose of morphine. 

Tupac

Tupac

Last words of American rapper Tupac Shakur (1971-1996), whose murder remains unsolved.

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) spoke these words to his friend and biographer Max Brod, asking him to burn his manuscripts. After his death, Brod published Kafka's works without his permission.

Zhou Enlai

Zhou Enlai

Last words of first Premier of the People’s Republic of China 周恩来 (Zhou Enlai, 1898-1976), spoken to his wife.

James Baldwin

James Baldwin

Last words of writer and activist James Baldwin (1924-1987).