Famous People Last Meals

Most of them we didn't know in person, but we knew them at our hearts, and that's what counts. Most of them didn't know that what they were tasting was going to be the last thing in their mouths, but at that moment they did know whether it was delicious or not. If it wasn't all that delicious, it was probably part of some diet.

And this is what I was looking for, kind of a pretty good reason to drop mine. Kind of pretty good is all I need when it comes to reason. But when it comes to what I put in my mouth, whether I'm gonna choke on it or not, I want it to be delicious. Every time. Sorry. Here's the list of some crazy stories and some spoilers.

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Brittany Murphy

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Noodles & Gatorade.

Thai food, the kind you get for dinner and halfway through its deliciousness makes you realize how happy you're gonna be the next day with the leftovers. I hope it rang true for her, the electrolytes must've helped with that. She passed away, way too soon, from a poorly treated pneumonia at age 32.

Michael Jackson

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Spinach salad with chicken breast.

The king of pop stopped breathing while attempting to fall asleep, under the care of his personal physician. At the time of his death, Michael was on heavy medication and his death was classified as involuntary manslaughter.

Liberace

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A bowl of Cream of Wheat, half and half.

That's disgusting. Honestly, who eats that crap? I do. The story goes that it saved my life as a toddler once. I was suffering from intense fever and it wouldn't go down with anything. My mom, out of the blue, fixed me up a bowl that made it all okay.

And he looked like Joe Pesci, a childhood hero of mine. Just saying.

The cause of his death was pneumonia, due to complications from AIDS.

Jimi Hendrix

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A tuna sandwich, fixed up by his loving girlfriend.

Jimi died of asphyxia, aspirating his own vomit while intoxicated on barbiturates.

Tuna fish can be a powerful antidepressant. She probably knew this. She, like everybody who loved him, just hoped he'd keep smiling. The smile of Jimi Hendrix was certainly more than showing teeth, it was turning the strings of his guitar to flames and melting our hearts in the same motion, with the same shine. Eat your tuna kids.

Marie Antoinette

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Vermicelli Soup:

1 whole fowl (4-5 pounds), 3 quarts cold water, 6 stalks celery (with leaves), 1 small onion (chopped), ½ cup scrubbed and chopped carrots, 1 bay leaf, 6 sprigs parsley, salt and pepper (to taste), 3 egg whites and their crumpled shells, 12 ounces fine soup noodles, 2 cups of peas (or asparagus, sliced on the diagonal), blanched to a fine green with a little sugar.

The rebellious last queen of France was decapitated.

James Dean

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A slice of apple pie in a diner by the side of the road.

An all-American piece for an all-American beauty. The tragically young heartthrob lost his life in a fatal car crash, suffering many injuries including a broken neck.

Marilyn Monroe

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Stuffed mushrooms and meatballs, accompanied by a bottle of Dom Pérignon champagne.

Exquisite delicacy and voluptuous strike. Pale splendor and crimson mouth. In her soul, in her face, and in her plate. We are what we eat. We drink what we lack. Hell! She did not lack anything, the bubbles lacked her.

Marilyn committed suicide at the age of 36, although the circumstances surrounding her death remain a subject of much debate to this day.

John F. Kennedy

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Soft-boiled eggs (5 minutes), some toast and marmalade on the side, a cup of coffee and orange juice. He ate breakfast in his hotel room in Texas.

This particular breakfast had four points like the ones that form a gigantic square. Sometimes, some squares are nice. Sometimes they bore us to death. I wonder which side he was leaning towards that morning.

JFK was assassinated in his limousine, shot by a sniper.

Ted Bundy

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He turned down his last meal, receiving the standard for Florida's death row: steak, eggs, toast with butter, jelly, milk, coffee, juice and hash browns. He did not touch any of it. Was he trying to be a badass? Did he actually feel guilty? The serial killer was executed in the electric chair, after confessing to 30 counts of homicide.

Sharon Tate

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Mexican food at "El Coyote", a restaurant in Los Angeles known for its cheap margaritas.

The gorgeous actress was pregnant at the time, so she probably didn't have any. Still to this day, many people visit the place in an attempt to feel close to her, and they certainly do after a few rounds.

The young blonde was murdered by the Manson Family, aged 26.

John Lennon

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A corned beef sandwich on the go. The mind and soul behind numerous world-altering melodies and words had a little snack, hoping he'd have a real meal once he got time to sit and relax. However, he was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building.

Ernest Hemingway

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New York strip steak, baked potato and Caesar salad with some wine.

Little known fact: he owned a cat ranch. Better known fact: great jawline. The essential American writer committed suicide shooting himself in the head.

James Gandolfini

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Two orders of fried king prawns and a plate of foie gras.

King sized meal for a king-sized mobster and world-class actor. James died suddenly, in Rome at the age of 51. He was discovered by his 13-year-old son, unconscious on the bathroom floor.

Princess Diana

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Dover sole, vegetable tempura, and a mushroom and asparagus omelet at the restaurant L'Espadon at the Ritz Paris.

Sounds fancy but it was just a simple and classic meal from the hotel.

Diana was killed in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris. Her funeral was televised, reaching one of the highest viewing figures in the history of UK's television.

Kurt Cobain

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A can of rootbeer and Camel lights.

Kurt dealt with chronic stomach pain and various addictions throughout his short life. He was also having major, noticeable troubles dealing with fame. It all led him to suicide on April 5th, 1994, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Elvis Presley

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Four scoops of ice cream and six chocolate chip cookies. The sweetest voice and the softest of quiffs. But when it came to his eating habits he was more like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone.

Will forever be missed regardless.

Many years of prescription drug abuse severely affected his health. He died of a heart attack aged 42.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

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A guacamole cheeseburger with cranberry and soda, at his favorite burger joint in the West Village. A true new yorker, the sight of him in restaurants around this area was a usual one.

Philip died in his apartment of a drug overdose. He had dealt with addiction in his younger years, relapsing a few times during his later ones.

Prince

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A roasted red pepper bisque with kale and spring vegetable salad. That's what the legendary god of funk ordered, but he did not take a bite. He had been suffering from intense throat soreness and digestive issues and his weight loss started to be apparent. Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

Frank Sinatra

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A grilled cheese sandwich.

The American icon, most certainly among the best voices of the 20th century, died in the hospital with his wife by his side. The cause of death was a heart attack. He had been dealing with various hospitalizations due to breathing and heart issues before his passing.

Aileen Wuornos

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A cup of coffee.

The serial-killer, famously portrayed by actress Charlize Theron in an Oscar-nominated performance, declined the opportunity of a final meal. She just asked for a cup of coffee from the prison and downed it before execution.

JonBenét Ramsey

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Pineapple.

The child beauty queen is at the center of one of the most mysterious murder cases (still unsolved to this day) in history. Patsy and John Ramsey (her parents and primary suspects), deny having fed her any pineapple the night of her death. However, undigested remains of the fruit were found in JonBenét's body during the autopsy.

Adolf Hitler

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Spaghetti with red sauce.

There was no war talk at this meal. He knew he had lost and he was just trying to calm down, allegedly chatting about lipstick and dog breeding, among other topics.

He committed suicide along with his wife by taking cyanide.

Cleopatra

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Figs.

Historical reconstruction leads us to believe Queen Cleopatra's final meal consisted of figs. She got to enjoy the taste of the fruit one last time before getting bit by a poisonous asp, resulting in her death.

Allen Ginsberg

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Fish chowder.

A catalyst of the beat movement and a true American treasure of a man. He did not finish his meal, and its remains find themselves frozen to this day, available for your viewing pleasure at his museum.

Allen died of liver cancer via complications from hepatitis.

Mahatma Gandhi

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Cooked vegetables, oranges, goat's milk and ginger, sour lemons, strained butter and aloe juice.

One of his classic health-choice award-winning meals if that was a thing. The spiritual leader then went out for a night walk amongst his followers and (unfortunately) his assassin.

Abraham Lincoln

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Mock turtle soup, roast Virginia fowl chestnut stuffing, baked yams, and cauliflower with cheese sauce.

The American president was assassinated as the Civil War was coming to a close while attending a play. He has shot at point-blank range.

Martin Luther King

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Fried chicken and cornbread.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner for his relentless work combating racial inequality through non-violent resistance and civil disobedience was also assassinated.

Saddam Hussein

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Boiled chicken and rice with a glass of hot water and honey.

The U.S. Army invaded Iraq to depose Saddam. Following his capture, he was tried and convicted to death by hanging for crimes against humanity.

Jim Morrison

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Sweet and sour chicken with a beer in a restaurant in Paris.

The iconic yet enigmatic poet, singer, and frontman of the American psychedelic rock band The Doors died in 1971, at the age of 27. The cause of his death remains unknown as no autopsy was performed on his body since it wasn't required by French law. He was found in his bathtub at his apartment in Paris.

Whitney Houston

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Half a hamburger, some french fries, a can of Heineken beer and a glass of champagne.

Among the best-selling artists of all time, Whitney's passing shocked the entire world. She was found unconscious and underwater in the bathtub at her Beverly Hilton Hotel suite. Her death was listed as an accident and the official cause, drowning. However, toxicology revealed rests of Benadryl, Xanax, Cannabis, and Flexeril in her body. She also had a history of cocaine abuse and heart disease.

Freddie Mercury

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Vegetable soup, pork ribs with barbecue and apple pie.

He also offered French champagne and freezing cold vodka. This feast was mostly for his friends to enjoy, as a form of saying goodbye before his passing, the very next day.

Janis Joplin

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Drinks and some chili with her band at Barney's Beanery, before vanishing into room 105 to a final shot of heroin. at the Landmark Hotel. The 27 year-old singer was found dead on the floor beside her bed the next day.

Cass Elliot

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Half a ham sandwich. The leftovers were found on a night table next to her bed.

It's become an urban legend of sorts that she died choking on the other half of the sandwich, however, Mama Cass (32 at the time and one-quarter of the band The Mamas & The Papas) has been confirmed to had suffered a heart attack in her sleep. She was staying in a borrowed apartment from singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson.

Keith Moon

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Steak and eggs for breakfast, along with Heminevrin, a drug used to counter alcohol withdrawal.

Like Cass Elliot, the legendary drummer was 32 and staying at Harry Nilsson's apartment. After his meal, he went back to bed and never woke up.

Stephen Hawking

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We don't really know. What we do know is, as one of his last beautiful gestures, arranged a free three-course Easter meal for 50 homeless people in Cambridge. It took place on the day of his own funeral. One of the most brilliant human beings to ever live and a true story of bravery.

Julia Child

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French onion soup.

American chef, author, and TV culinary sensation. She was probably delighted to taste her last dish, as she reached popularity by bringing specifically French cuisine to the American public.

Julia died of kidney failure in Montecito, California, three days before her 92nd birthday.

Beethoven

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Danube fish.

The fish caught in what was then a particularly heavily polluted stretch of the scenic river was one of Beethoven's favorite dishes. The most wide-spread explanation for his death has been liver disease. However, there's firm belief that lead-poisoning due to extended ingestion of these fish might've been the actual cause of his passing.

John Candy

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Spaghetti.

The beloved Canadian comedian and actor starred in many classic Hollywood films such as Splash, Stripes, Spaceball, Summer Rental and other titles that don't start with the letter "s" and aren't my favorite movie ever (Home Alone).

John died of a heart attack in Durango, México at the age of 43.

Edward Smith

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Oysters a la Russe.

The captain of the Titanic enjoyed part of a 17-course feast before the tragic sinking of the ship after crashing with an iceberg.

"Be British boys, be British!", have been rumored to be his last words.

Francois Mitterrand

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An opulent feast including oysters and songbirds.

The president of France from 1981 to 1995 gathered up his closest friends and devoured plate after plate of oysters until he couldn't stand straight. Then he ordered a serving of roast ortolan bunting, a small songbird which to this day remains an endangered species and illegal to sell. He did not eat a thing for days after, until his passing due to prostate cancer.

Grigori Rasputin

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Honeyed cakes, Madeira wine, black bread and assorted Russian hors-d'oeuvres.

This meal was an attempt to poison the mad Russian mystic. Although it wasn't enough to kill him, as he had to be shot three times after having a full supper filled with cyanide to finally bring him down.

Unknown entity disguised as Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin)

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Cake.

The first and last thing this thing attempted to eat was a very nice-looking piece of fresh cake at some restaurant in foggy Glasgow. I think she liked it, she just wasn't prepared to swallow properly.

Justine (Melancholia)

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Blueberry jam.

Painstakingly beautiful portrayal by Kirsten Dunst as a woman facing an acute episode of crippling depression in the midst of her wedding night and its aftermath.

The only other time we see her smiling like this during the movie is when she tastes the homemade blueberry jam with the berries she very slowly picked. Oh, and she also smiles once she learns the world is about to end.

Lester Burnham (American Beauty)

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Asparagus.

Played by Kevin Spacey (yikes). In his last family dinner, we learn Lester was a man irritated by elevator jazz music who felt empowered yelling at his family. Also when he wants his asparagus, you better give them to him, or else he'll start breaking stuff.

Sonny (Dog Day Afternoon)

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Pizza.

Al Pacino plays a nervous wreck of a man trying to get some money for his girlfriend's sex change operation by robbing a bank. Sonny becomes a surprisingly lovable character given the circumstances and for many reasons. One of them being he makes the police bring pizza for all the hostages and himself.

Selma Jezkova (Dancer in the Dark)

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The prison standard for death row inmates.

Of course, Björk did not take a bite, as she found herself lying in bed very much into all the feelings she was feeling until the guards came for her. Pretty much describes what happened to me after the movie ended, having watched it on the day of my 18th birthday.

Heather Donahue and Michael Williams (The Blair Witch Project)

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Mostly their own fingernails, since they had run out of food long before the camera falls from their hands and into the ground as their last goodbye.

In one of the most memorable moments of the film, however, they are very precise as to what they would've wanted to eat as for their last meals, including several mentions of mashed potatoes and a joke from Mike about having a cheeseburger that he forgot in his back pocket. You can see how they both desperately wished it was true.

Oscar Grant III (Fruitvale Station)

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A bowl of white rice and brown gumbo at grandma Bonnie's house.

Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant III, during his last day on this earth in the 31st of December, 2008. The young man was fatally shot by the police in the early hours of new year's day of 2009, amidst an altercation on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train.

Marty Pascal (The House of Yes)

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Pre-cooked turkey with cranberry sauce.

In The House of Yes, Parker Posey plays a mentally unstable woman who is convinced she's Jackie Onassis. Marty Pascal (played by Josh Hamilton) is unfortunate enough to be her brother and target of her second greatest obsession. Marty comes home for a visit during Thanksgiving, where disaster can't be avoided even if all knives in the house have been hidden away for a long time.

Jesus Christ

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Bread and wine.

Also known as his body and blood. Jesus died in the cross, but he lives in our hearts.

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