Celebrities’ Last Words…What James Brown, Malcolm X , Whitney & Others Said Before Passing


*I am probably one of millions who think of Michael Jackson daily. Even 7-years later, the moment I heard of his passing is still clear in my mind. According to reports, the King of Pop made one request before he died: “More milk.” The medicine, known as Propofol, which was given to him by his personal physician, Conrad Murray on June 25, 2009.

I also remember the text I got from my daughter when Prince died. Not knowing those dreadful words were going to follow, I recall her text saying, “OMG Prince” and then it was cut off, only to resume with, “…he died.”

I remember being home alone. Covering my mouth so the scream wouldn’t escape.


Many of us watching a video of the last performance Prince did, following the news that he had gotten ill on a plane; where he was traveling back to his Minneapolis home with band mates, saw him and heard him say, “Save your prayers.”

Only days later, on April 21, the body of this proud musician was found in an elevator at Paisley Park.

We can only hope that our celebrity loved ones, those we actually knew and those we knew only from afar, didn’t suffer or even die while alone. But do you ever wonder what their last words may have been? Of course we will never know for sure, but here is what people who claim to have spoken to, or been with some of them say were the very last words our idols spoke before bidding this life farewell.

First up:  The hardest working man in show business, James Brown


The “Godfather of Soul” is said to have fallen very ill from pneumonia and finally passed due to congestive heart failure on Christmas Day in 2006. He stuttered , “I’m going away tonight,” as his final words.

Brother el-Hajj Malik el- Shabazz aka Malcolm X


Malcolm was in Manhattan was preparing for an address before he was assassinated in the middle of a disturbance. He reportedly said, “Hold it! Hold it! Let’s cool it! Let’s be cool, brothers!” before being fatally shot. He was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital on February 21, 1965 at the age of 39.

We will ALWAYS love you, Ms. Whitney Houston…

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We will never forget the day. Los Angeles was abuzz with celebrities arriving in town for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. But the event was overshadowed by the untimely death of one of music’s brightest stars. Just one day before the February 12 event, Whitney Houston passed away (Feb 11) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel from an accidental drowning due to drug use.

Loved by all who knew him, and many who did not, Mr. Paul Walker…


The Fast and the Furious star tragically died as a passenger in a Porsche that crashed and burst into flames on November 30, 2013 in Santa Clarita, CA at a spot that is popular for drifting cars. Before getting into the car, he reportedly said, “We will be back in five minutes.”

The original deep-voiced crooner, Mr. Barry White…


Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Barry White was known for his baritone voice on his many soul, funk, and disco songs. For most of his adult life, he was overweight and had many health problems. In 2003, he suffered a stroke and just months after passed away at the age of 58 in Los Angeles. Supposedly, his final words were, “Leave me alone. I’m fine.”

George Reeves really made us 50’s kids believe that a man could fly…


Known as Superman in the 1950s series Adventures of Superman, George Reeves was found dead in his bedroom on June 16, 1959 at age 45 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, which many speculate was an act of suicide. Before his death, he reportedly told his friends, “I’m tired. I’m going back to bed.”

Everytime I use one of these I cringe from the words “No wire hangers!” Her persona in the 1981 film ‘Mommy Dearest’ portrayed Joan Crawford as a straight up bitch. Her last words won’t make you think any different.


Classic Hollywood actress Joan Crawford allegedly said “Dammit! Don’t you dare ask God to help me!” as her housekeeper began praying aloud at her side. Crawford passed away on May 10, 1077 in New York City.

One of the greatest early rappers in the game: Mr. Heavy D.


Born in Jamaica, Dwight Errington Myers made a name for himself in America as 90s hip-hop phenom Heavy D. He performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards, his first live televised performance in 15 years, which sadly would turn out to be his last. His last public tweet was, “BE INSPIRED!” On November 8th of that year, he collapsed outside of his Beverly Hills home, passing at age 44.

Want to know what celebs such as Steve Jobs, Elvis Presley, Orson Welles, Lucille Ball, John Lennon and others final words were? Go here to find out. Rest in peace to all of our beloveds.


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