Ludwig von Beethoven
There are multiple accounts of the deaf composer's last words, three to be exact: 1. "I will hear in heaven." 2. "Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est." ("Applaud, friends, the comedy is finished.") 3. "Pity, pity, too late," he said when someone brought him a dozen bottles of wine as he was dying.
In 1987 as he was going into surgery (during which he would die), the American jazz drummer was asked by a nurse inquiring about medication, "Is there anything you can't take?" He replied, "Yeah, country music."
The guitarist for the band Chicago died of a self-inflicted, but accidental, gunshot wound to the head in January 1978. "Don't worry. It's not loaded," Kath said. But there was one bullet in it.
On his deathbed, the Apple co-founded said, "Oh, wow. Oh, wow. Oh, wow."
The actor ("Bonanza," "Little House on the Prairie," "Highway to Heaven") died in 1991 of pancreatic cancer. With his family gathered around his deathbed, he said to them, "You're right. It's time. I love you all."
When the Beatle was shot by Mark David Chapman in December 1980 outside the singer's New York City apartment building, he simply said, "I'm shot."
When the Princess of Wales was in a fatal car crash in August 1997, she was said to have asked, "My God. What's happened?"
The famous comedian supposedly quipped, "This is no way to live!"
Like Beethoven, there are multiple reports of the legendary actor's last words: 1. As his wife Lauren Bacall left their home to pick up their children, he said, "Goodbye, kid. Hurry back." 2. On the night before he died, he said, "I should never have switched from Scotch to martinis."