Death doesn’t have to kill a sense of humour
Have you ever heard a joke so funny, you said it killed you? You’re in good company.
The 15 wisecrackers on this list are princesses and playwrights, murderers and martyrs. They span centuries and cultures, but they all share one thing: they used their dying breath to utter the funniest quotes of their lives. Like funny obituaries, the famous last words of these witty people show that death doesn’t have to kill a sense of humour.
Their funny last words prove that this is really how the world ends: not with a bang, but with some laughter.
Jean-Philippe Rameau, composer
Eighteenth-century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau was considered one of the most influential musicians of his time – and had lofty standards to match. It was a tough assignment for a tone-deaf priest, but the resulting funny one-liner is still remembered more than 250 years later.
Marie Thérèse Louise de Savoie-Carignan, princesse de Lamballe
This one speaks for itself. Marie Thérèse Louise was a princess and a confidant of Marie Antoinette, making these funny last words even more surprising. She was killed in the French Revolution, but not before cracking this frankly hilarious joke.