Some are sweet, others tear-jerking—but all these final words made for memorable endings.

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What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect some examples. (You can get it from Brahms's website.)

Below, read 11 famous figures' closing remarks—and get a hanky ready.


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