1. Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley requested his wife to give him an injection of LSD right before death, so he could pass away in a state of mind of his own choosing.
Voltaire’s final words in response to a priest asking him to renounce Satan.
3. Hunter S. Thompson
The final words in his suicide note, before shooting himself in the head.
4. J.M. Barrie
Before his death, Barrie gave the rights to Peter Pan to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital. They continue to benefit from royalties.
5. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Goethe had discussed optical phenomenon with his daughter-in-law the night before his death.
6. Jane Austen
When asked by her sister what she wanted, this was Jane Austen’s response.
7. Edgar Allan Poe
Poe’s death is a mystery, with still no clear idea of what actually transpired in his last few days.
8. Anton Chekhov
On his death bed, Chekhov requested morphine and champagne from his doctor right before he passed away.
9. Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy, in his final days, fled his mansion and tried to live amongst the people.
10. Henry David Thoreau
It is unknown what exactly Thoreau was referencing with his final words.
11. James Joyce
James Joyce died of a failed surgery, in the presence of his wife and son.
12. W.C. Fields
Carlotta was Fields’ mistress, and also the person present for his final words.
13. Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson experienced blackouts and was confined to bed for seven months before her death.
14. Washington Irving
Washington Irving, author of Sleepy Hollow, is buried in the actual Sleepy Hollow, New York.
15. Lord Byron
Lord Byron died in Greece of a fever, while fighting the Ottomans.
16. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Although Montagu spent the majority of her life away from England, she passed away in her home at London.
17. Franz Kafka
The last spoken words of Kafka were directed at a doctor who was unwilling to give him a lethal dose of morphine. He was dying of tuberculosis and couldn’t speak in his final days.
18. Elizabeth Barret Browning
This was uttered in response to the question of how she was feeling.
19. Eugene O’Neill
O’Neill died of pneumonia, after suffering from a Parkinson’s-like disease that rendered him physically unable to write for years.
20. Charlotte Bronte
Charlotte Bronte had only been married for nine months when she died.
21. Truman Capote
Buddy was Capote’s childhood nickname.
22. Lewis Carroll
Known for his children’s books, Carroll — a pen name — was also a mathematician and photographer.
23. O. Henry
Cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcoholism was thought to be the cause Henry’s death, as well as a leading factor for a decline in the number of stories he wrote toward the end.