No one really knows what happens right before you die. Maybe you see your entire life flash before your eyes. Or maybe you just have some pretty profound thoughts. Here are the final words of eight famous people which are as haunting as they are memorable.
1. "No, I certainly can't."
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 while riding in a motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, and the governor and first lady of Texas. It's alleged that Nellie Connally, the governor's wife, looking at the crowds, said "You certainly can’t say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome." "No, I certainly can't," the president reportedly replied, just moments before he was shot.
2. "You're right. It's time. I love you all."
We always knew Michael Landon as the loving father on "Little House on the Prairie," and it seems in real life he was just as much a family man. In his final days, Landon was said to have been surrounded by his nine children and wife, Cindy. Before saying his final words to his family, he asked to be alone with his wife when he passed. He died of cancer in 1991.
3. "My Florida water."
The actress and comedienne asked for her perfumed water before she died from a ruptured aorta following open-heart surgery in 1989.
4. "I hope I haven't bored you."
Those were music legend Elvis Presley's last words at his final press conference. Presley died of an overdose in August 1977 in his home and some reports suggest his last words were promising his fiancee Ginger Alden that he wouldn't fall asleep in the bathroom.
5. "I finally get to see Marilyn."
We know of course that Joe DiMaggio must have been speaking about his ex-wife Marilyn Monroe who died decades before him in 1962. After her death, DiMaggio reportedly still had roses delivered to her crypt several times a week for around 20 years. DiMaggio died in 1999 from lung cancer.
6. "I'm going away tonight."
The singer knew he was going to pass as he uttered his last words to his manager. Brown died from heart failure in 2006.
7. "I've had a hell of a lot of fun and I've enjoyed every minute of it."
Errol Flynn apparently uttered those bittersweet words -- according to various media accounts - just before he died in 1959 from a heart attack. The fun-loving actor was also buried with six bottles of whiskey.
8. "I should never have switched from Scotch to martinis."
Those were allegedly the last words of "Casablanca" actor Humphrey Bogart, who died in 1957 from esophageal cancer. Other stories say his actual last words were, "Goodbye, kid. Hurry back," to his wife, Lauren Bacall, who was briefly leaving his side to go pick up their children from school.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said Marilyn Monroe died in 1967. She died in 1962. It also misstated the year of Kennedy's assassination as 1964.
EARLIER ON HUFFPOST50:
HuffPost Parents offers a daily dose of personal stories, helpful advice and comedic takes on what it’s like to raise kids today. Learn more