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We all hope to have something profound to say in our dying breaths. Perhaps it will be a message of comfort to loved ones, a parting punchline or an insightful summary on the meaning of life. Maybe it will be something as cryptic as “Rosebud” like in Citizen Kane. The truth is, nobody really knows which precise moment will be their last, so our concluding utterance on this mortal coil might just be some mundane drivel. Here are some of the last words to cross the lips of a range of celebrities spanning the stage, screen, music, sports, business and history.

1. Steve Jobs

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was always a prolific orator in life, but his last words were profoundly succinct. Monosyllabic, actually. Succumbing to pancreatic cancer at the age of 56, he simply said “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow” as he expired. His sister relayed that as he passed, “he looked into his children’s eyes as if he couldn’t unlock his gaze.”

Apple Founder And Ceo, Steve Jobs
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