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24th Sep '17 12:29:39 AM CaptEquinox
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* My chief consolation is that if I am scuppered tonight - I am off on duty in a few minutes - there will still be left a member of the great [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/T.C.B.S. T.C.B.S.]] to voice what I dreamed and what we all agreed upon. For the death of one of its members cannot, I am determined, dissolve the T.C.B.S. Death can make us loathsome and helpless as individuals, but it cannot put an end to the immortal four! A discovery I am going to communicate to [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Robert_Gilson Rob]][[note]]Robert Gilson had died six months earlier; George apparently sent messages to him in the next life.[[/note]] before I go off to-night. And do you write it also to [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Christopher_Wiseman Christopher]]. May God bless you, my dear [[Creator/JRRTolkien John Ronald]], and may you say the things I have tried to say long after I am not there to say them, if such be my lot. Yours ever, [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Geoffrey_Bache_Smith G. B. S.]]

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* My "My chief consolation is that if I am scuppered tonight - I am off on duty in a few minutes - there will still be left a member of the great [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/T.C.B.S. [[http://oxfordinklings.blogspot.com/2008/08/early-years-and-tcbs.html T.C.B.S.]] to voice what I dreamed and what we all agreed upon. For the death of one of its members cannot, I am determined, dissolve the T.C.B.S. Death can make us loathsome and helpless as individuals, but it cannot put an end to the immortal four! A discovery I am going to communicate to [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Robert_Gilson Rob]][[note]]Robert Gilson had died six months earlier; George apparently sent messages to him in the next life.[[/note]] before I go off to-night. And do you write it also to [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Christopher_Wiseman Christopher]]. May God bless you, my dear [[Creator/JRRTolkien John Ronald]], and may you say the things I have tried to say long after I am not there to say them, if such be my lot. Yours ever, [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Geoffrey_Bache_Smith G. B. S.]]]]"
24th Sep '17 12:24:16 AM CaptEquinox
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* "[[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} I swear that there is no god but God,]] [[KilledMidSentence and Muhammad...]]"-- UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein

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* "Roger, bu-": - Space Shuttle ''Columbia'' commander Rick Husband in response to a call from Mission Control stating that they hadn't copied the last message. Seconds later Columbia was tumbling out of control and all radio contact was lost. Shortly thereafter, Columbia disintegrated and burnt up.
* "[[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} I swear that there is no god but God,]] [[KilledMidSentence and Muhammad...]]"-- UsefulNotes/SaddamHusseinUsefulNotes/SaddamHussein. They didn't even let him finish.



* "Bear this message to my precious wife—I die a Christian and hope to meet her in heaven." -- Confederate General Stephen Dodson Ramseur after being wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek in 1864.



* "Bear this message to my precious wife—I die a Christian and hope to meet her in heaven." -- Confederate General Stephen Dodson Ramseur after being wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek in 1864.



* "Roger, bu-": - Space Shuttle ''Columbia'' commander Rick Husband in response to a call from Mission Control stating that they hadn't copied the last message. Seconds later Columbia was tumbling out of control and all radio contact was lost. Shortly thereafter, Columbia disintegrated and burnt up.


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* My chief consolation is that if I am scuppered tonight - I am off on duty in a few minutes - there will still be left a member of the great [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/T.C.B.S. T.C.B.S.]] to voice what I dreamed and what we all agreed upon. For the death of one of its members cannot, I am determined, dissolve the T.C.B.S. Death can make us loathsome and helpless as individuals, but it cannot put an end to the immortal four! A discovery I am going to communicate to [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Robert_Gilson Rob]][[note]]Robert Gilson had died six months earlier; George apparently sent messages to him in the next life.[[/note]] before I go off to-night. And do you write it also to [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Christopher_Wiseman Christopher]]. May God bless you, my dear [[Creator/JRRTolkien John Ronald]], and may you say the things I have tried to say long after I am not there to say them, if such be my lot. Yours ever, [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Geoffrey_Bache_Smith G. B. S.]]
6th Sep '17 7:48:57 AM CaptEquinox
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* "What? ''What?''" - Tsar Nicholas II [[TsaristRussia {{Romanov}}]] of Russia, after being told he and his whole family would be executed to solidify Communist rule and prevent a possible restoration. The royal family was massacred by a firing squad seconds later; this includes the 13-year old heir to the throne, Alexei, who survived the first salvo and was [[WouldHurtAChild personally finished off with a couple more headshots from the captain]] before the family was unceremoniously buried in a pit.

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* "What? ''What?''" - Tsar Nicholas II [[TsaristRussia {{Romanov}}]] Romanov]] of Russia, after being told he and his whole family would be executed to solidify Communist rule and prevent a possible restoration. The royal family was massacred by a firing squad seconds later; this includes the 13-year old heir to the throne, Alexei, who survived the first salvo and was [[WouldHurtAChild personally finished off with a couple more headshots from the captain]] before the family was unceremoniously buried in a pit.
6th Sep '17 7:38:48 AM CaptEquinox
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* "Is it not meningitis?" Creator/LouisaMayAlcott. It wasn't.



* "What? ''What?''" - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, after being told he and his whole family would be executed to solidify Communist rule and prevent a possible restoration. The royal family was massacred by a firing squad seconds later; this includes the 13-year old heir to the throne, Alexei, who survived the first salvo and was [[WouldHurtAChild personally finished off with a couple more headshots from the captain]] before the family was unceremoniously buried in a pit.

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* "What? ''What?''" - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, after being told he "You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you." [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_(parrot) Alex]], the African grey parrot whose life and his whole family would be executed to solidify Communist rule and prevent a possible restoration. The royal family was massacred by a firing squad seconds later; this includes the 13-year old heir to the throne, Alexei, who survived the first salvo and was [[WouldHurtAChild personally finished off work with a couple more headshots from Dr. Irene Pepperberg proved that talking birds know what they are saying. She found him dead the captain]] before the family next morning. He was unceremoniously buried in a pit.thirty-one.



* "I'm in no pain. No pain. Don't cry for me, Rahaman. I'm going to be with Allah. I made peace with God, I'm okay. Rahaman, how do I look?" Muhammad Ali, speaking to his brother.



* "Now comes the mystery!" Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe; a "rock star" preacher, social reformer and notoriously scandalous ladies' man.



* Supposedly, Creator/HumphreyBogart's last words were "I should never have switched from scotch to martinis."

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* Supposedly, Creator/HumphreyBogart's last words were "I should never have switched from scotch to martinis."" He really said "'Bye, kid. Hurry back" to Lauren Bacall. When she did get back, he was unconscious.



* No one knows the last words of George Armstrong Custer, as all the soldiers with him died alongside him at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. (And no, it wasn't "Where the hell did all those God-damn Indians come from?" like in the old joke.) But the last words he was heard to say by a survivor (a messenger he'd sent off to the rest of the regiment) are pretty good:

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* "Father, it is no use to depend upon me, I am going to die." Crazy Horse, the great Lakotah warrior and holy man, one of those who led the fight against the 7th Cavalry at the Greasy Grass (Little Big Horn) battle. He had thought he was surrendering at Fort Robinson, Nebraska in good faith, then realized they were going to imprison him and was stabbed as he tried to escape.
* No one knows the last words of George Armstrong Custer, as all the soldiers with him died alongside him at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.Big Horn. (And no, it wasn't "Where the hell did all those God-damn Indians come from?" like in the old joke.) But the last words he was heard to say by a survivor (a messenger he'd sent off to the rest of the regiment) are pretty good:



* "Farewell, friends, I go to love!" Dancer Isadora Duncan, just before getting in her car to go home. Her long flowing scarf got tangled in the rear wheel, pulled her out of the car and snapped her neck.



* "We are on the line 157 337. We will repeat this message. We will repeat this on 6210 kilocycles. Wait... We are running on line north and south." Amelia Earhart's official last transmission. Dozens of other messages from her were heard and logged after this. Dismissed as bogus at the time, [[https://www.seeker.com/credible-amelia-earhart-signals-were-ignored-1766064243.html about half of them have now been proven real]].



* "I can't breathe." Eric Garner to the police officer who arrested him for selling single cigarettes on the street. He was put in an illegal chokehold. The officer was never indicted and has been promoted to a high-paying desk job. Garner's final words have become a slogan for African Americans and people of all races who demand police reform.



* [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope]] John Paul I said "I will see you tomorrow, if God wills it." He didn't. The "[[NiceGuy Smiling Pope]]" had been in office just 34 days.



* "Brothers, break it up -- be cool, be calm." UsefulNotes/MalcolmX trying to stop a fight in the audience at the Audubon Ballroom (he was there to speak to the Organization of Afro-American Unity). The fight was a deliberate distraction. He was gunned down by members of the Nation of Islam seconds later.



* "But I am going to die, father, this very night!" Last recorded words of St. Jacinta Marto, Francisco's sister. She was asking the hospital chaplain to give her the last rites. He laughed, told her [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic her]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleural_empyema condition]] [[note]]by all medical accounts she was a burned-out skeleton[[/note]] [[WhatAnIdiot wasn't that serious]]. [[DyingAlone He was wrong]]. She was nine[[note]]She is the youngest canonized Saint outside of the child martyrs.[[/note]].

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* "But I am going to die, father, this very night!" Last recorded words of St. Jacinta Marto, Francisco's sister. She was asking the hospital chaplain to give her the last rites. He laughed, told her [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic her]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleural_empyema condition]] [[note]]by all medical accounts she was a burned-out skeleton[[/note]] [[WhatAnIdiot wasn't that serious]]. [[DyingAlone He was wrong]]. She was nine[[note]]She nine.[[note]]She is the youngest canonized Saint outside of the child martyrs.[[/note]].[[/note]]



* Allegedly, Creator/OscarWilde's final recorded words came as he sat up in bed and stared at his hotel room surroundings. "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death: either it goes, or I do." To put this in context, Oscar Wilde died of cerebral meningitis which caused delusions. That and he may have just really hated the wallpaper.

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* Allegedly, Creator/OscarWilde's final recorded words came as he sat up in bed and stared at his hotel room surroundings. "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death: either it goes, or I do." To put this in context, Oscar Wilde died of cerebral meningitis which caused delusions. That and he may have just really hated the wallpaper. His real last words were the responses in the Last Rites.


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* "What? ''What?''" - Tsar Nicholas II [[TsaristRussia {{Romanov}}]] of Russia, after being told he and his whole family would be executed to solidify Communist rule and prevent a possible restoration. The royal family was massacred by a firing squad seconds later; this includes the 13-year old heir to the throne, Alexei, who survived the first salvo and was [[WouldHurtAChild personally finished off with a couple more headshots from the captain]] before the family was unceremoniously buried in a pit.
3rd Sep '17 10:10:39 PM CaptEquinox
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* "Look, Mother! What a pretty light, there, by the door -- Now I don't see it anymore." St. Francisco Marto, one of the three children who saw the Virgin Mary at Fatima. He died a few hours later.

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* "Look, Mother! What a pretty light, there, by the door -- Now I don't see it anymore." St. Francisco Marto, one of the three children who saw the Virgin Mary at Fatima. He died a few hours later. He was ten.
* "But I am going to die, father, this very night!" Last recorded words of St. Jacinta Marto, Francisco's sister. She was asking the hospital chaplain to give her the last rites. He laughed, told her [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic her]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleural_empyema condition]] [[note]]by all medical accounts she was a burned-out skeleton[[/note]] [[WhatAnIdiot wasn't that serious]]. [[DyingAlone He was wrong]]. She was nine[[note]]She is the youngest canonized Saint outside of the child martyrs.[[/note]].
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* "I'll be all right. I'll see a doctor when we get back to Los Angeles." Creator/CaryGrant to his wife. He wasn't. His wife called the hotel doctor who found Grant was [[http://www.carygrant.net/articles/davenport.htm suffering a massive stroke]]. He refused to be taken to a hospital and died with his wife by his side.


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** This story is also told about R&B artist Johnny Ace. It's not outside the realm of possibility that [[WhatAnIdiot this happened with both musicians.]]


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* "No, I'm not." Herb Khaury, better known as Creator/TinyTim, responding to his wife asking him if he was all right. He was [[https://www.reddit.com/r/lastimages/comments/47mtqn/the_last_3_photos_ever_taken_of_tiny_tim_at_the/ performing at the Women's Club of Minneapolis]] in a very badly arranged, messy staging. [[http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/t/tiny_tim/tiny_tim.htm Seconds later he collapsed onstage]]. He was pronounced dead an hour later.


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* "Just don't talk, please don't talk / Don't you talk about me when I'm gone!" Edith Webster, playing Grandmother in the stage play ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Drunkard The Drunkard]]'' (probably the Brian Burton musical parody version) November 22, 1986 at the Towson Moose Lodge in Baltimore, sang "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone." Grandmother is ''supposed'' to die when she completes this song. Webster dropped dead on stage amid enthusiastic applause. When the stagehands started calling for help, the audience thought it was part of the play.
3rd Sep '17 5:15:48 PM CaptEquinox
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* [[Music/NeilYoung "...it's better to burn out than to fade away."]] -- Last sentence of Music/KurtCobain's suicide note.

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* [[Music/NeilYoung "...it's better to burn out than to fade away."]] -- Last sentence of Music/KurtCobain's suicide note. Neil Young, who'd been trying to contact Cobain to counsel him about drugs and performance burnout, later said he felt Cobain's note with his lyric "fucked" with him on a deep level.


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* "Why?... Why not?... Beautiful!" Timothy Leary, moments before he died -- on video, as he wished.


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* "They won't think anything about it." AbrahamLincoln, to his wife Mary, moments before he was shot. She had asked him what would other people think about an old couple like them [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther holding hands in the theater]].
12th Aug '17 1:38:29 AM CaptEquinox
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* "Doro, I'm thirsty... Doro, they hurt me again... Doro, I can't get my breath." Legendary {{Opera}} tenor Enrico Caruso, to his wife Dorothy Benjamin. Doctors have speculated on Caruso's final illness for decades. His son revealed recently that it was kidney failure caused by an onstage injury.


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* "I love you all. Forgive me." Lon Chaney, speaking to his family in sign language as he'd lost his voice to bronchial cancer.


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* "Mildred, why aren't my clothes laid out? I've got a seven o'clock call." Creator/BertLahr speaking to his wife. Already dying of cancer, he had been filming ''The Night They Raided Minsky's'' and caught pneumonia during a lengthy night scene.


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* "I'm going to be with Gloria now." Creator/JamesStewart, talking about his wife who'd preceded him in death.
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* "Too bad you can only live so long!" Five minutes into Leos Janáček's ''The Makropoulos Case'', {{Opera}} tenor Richard Versalle sang these words and dropped dead of a heart attack on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. He was 63.
* ''"Gioia, o gioia!"'' On March 5, 1960, {{Opera}} baritone Leonard Warren sang these words and fell dead, also on the Metropolitan Opera stage. It was a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 48. He had just completed an aria that begins with the words ''Morir! Tremenda cosa!'' (To die, a tremendous thing!)
9th Aug '17 4:18:21 AM CaptEquinox
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* A nicely [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] one from Dominique Bouhours, French [[GrammarNazi grammarian]] -- "I am about to -- or I am going to -- die: either expression is correct." (« ''Je vais -- ou je vas -- mourir, l'un et l'autre se dit ou se disent''. »)



* A nicely [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] one from Dominique Bouhours, French [[GrammarNazi grammarian]] -- "I am about to -- or I am going to -- die: either expression is correct." (« ''Je vais -- ou je vas -- mourir, l'un et l'autre se dit ou se disent''. »)

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* A nicely [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] one from Dominique Bouhours, French [[GrammarNazi grammarian]] -- "I am about to -- "Courage, Charlotte! Courage!" Creator/AnneBronte, youngest sister of Charlotte, dying of tuberculosis in a hotel room in Scarborough. She is buried there, within sight of her beloved North Sea.
* "In all my life I have done nothing either great
or good." Branwell Bronte, brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne. History has proved him wrong; his writing is finally becoming recognized for its own merit.
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I am not going to -- die: either expression is correct." (« ''Je vais -- ou je vas -- mourir, l'un et l'autre se dit ou se disent''. »)die, am I? He will not separate us. We have been so happy!" Creator/CharlotteBronte to her husband Rev. Arthur Bell Nichols. She and her unborn child died of severe morning sickness a few minutes later.
* "If you will send for a doctor, I will see him now!" Emily Bronte had resisted doctors or any form of medical treatment during her last illness.
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