20 Bizarre Famous Last Words, Deathbed Confessions & Request!
Christian Spurling, the man who took the most memorable photo of the Loch Ness Monster confessed to it being fake on his deathbed.
Arnold Rothstein established countless rackets and casinos and was one of the richest mobsters during Prohibition. He was shot during a poker game, but on his deathbed, he refused to snitch. He said “You stick to your trade. I’ll stick to mine” and “My mother did it.”
Mabel Gardiner Hubbard
While on his deathbed, Alexander Graham Bell’s wife (Mabel Gardiner Hubbard) begged him not to leave her. Bell’s last word was, “No.”
A man named Hiram Calder on his deathbed was discovered to have been born a woman, making him the first biological female to vote in Florida due to his participation in every election.
Not long before his death, Freddie Mercury, confined to his bed, got to see an advance copy of the “Wayne’s World” scene with Wayne and Garth headbanging to “Bohemian Rhapsody”. He loved it and approved of the song’s use in the film. The movie, in part, helped launch Queen’s comeback in the USA.
Evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins has arranged for his final hour of life to be tape-recorded and to have witnesses present (as of March 2021). This is so nobody can say he had a death bed conversion to Christianity out of fear of burning in hell.
Epicurus, the father of hedonism, died from a painful urinary blockage. On his deathbed, he still declared that he was happy because his “philosophical recollections counterbalances all these afflictions.
In the early 1960s, Bob Dylan traveled across the nation while Woody Guthrie lied on his deathbed in order to play “Song to Woody” to Guthrie before his death.
When billionaire hotelier Conrad Hilton (Paris Hilton’s grandfather) was asked on his deathbed if he had any final words, he said “Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub” and then died.
The Athenaeum in Boston holds the only known copy of the deathbed confessions of a 19th Century Massachusetts highway robber James Allen who ordered those memoirs to be printed, bound in skin taken from his back, and to be presented to the only man who ever stood up to him.
This “Skin book”, as it is affectionately referred to, tells the story of James Allen, alias George Walton, a notorious Bostonian highwayman, who died in prison in 1837; a guy who had crime under his skin.
On his deathbed, Steve Jobs refused to wear an oxygen mask as he felt it was poorly designed.
George Washington said “Do not let my body be put into the vault in less than three days after I am dead” on his deathbed because he was afraid he’d be buried alive.
While on his death bed, the emperor Vespasian sarcastically remarked ” Oh dear, I think I am becoming a God”
Robert I King of Scots
Robert I King of Scots on his deathbed asked a lieutenant to bring his embalmed heart on a crusade. James Douglas took the heart to join the Spanish reconquista where he died during the Battle of Teba.
After being killed, his flesh was boiled off of his bones and the rest of him was sent back to Scotland with the heart.
Bill Wilson, the originator of AA (alcoholics anonymous) asked for whiskey on his deathbed, but the nurse wouldn’t give it to him.
Peter the Great
Peter the Great allegedly wrote a note on his deathbed saying “Leave all to…” He was too exhausted to finish the note before he died of gangrene.
Nez Perce woman Watkuweis
Lewis and Clark owe their lives not just to Sacagawea, but also to the Nez Perce woman Watkuweis. On her deathbed, Watkuweis convinced her people not to kill Lewis and Clark because she had once been helped by white people whilst making a daring escape from her captors.
Pope Innocent VIII
When Pope Innocent VIII was on his deathbed in 1492, his doctors bled three young boys, killing them, and had the pontiff drink their blood to restore his health.
Elizabeth McWilliams was a nurse’s aide who took care of influenza patients in 1918. She worked tirelessly for patients before contracting the illness herself and dying. Her last words on her deathbed were “I am happy because I’ve tried to be a real American.”
“Van Halen!” were the final words spoken by Dimebag Darrel (Darrell Abbott), former guitarist of Pantera and Damageplan moments before he was shot and killed on stage.
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A gangster named Frank Gusenberg was shot 14 times in the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, but refused to identify his killer. His final words were, “I ain’t no copper.”
On his deathbed, the last words of the French Grammarian Dominique Bouhours was “Soon I shall, or soon I will die: both are correct.”
When Roman soldiers stopped the late senator Cicero, his final words before dying were “There is nothing proper about what you are doing, soldier, but do try to kill me properly”. He then bowed to the soldiers and was promptly decapitated.
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