Final words are something we’re always fascinated by as a species. But now, with the advent of social media, our last words might as well be a last tweet. In the case of celebrities who passed away, some of their last tweets can be:
We might not have met most of these celebrities in real life, but we still feel like we knew them on some level. This is why after a celebrity dies, we flock to their social media to memorialize their last digital moments in order to grieve.
Whether it was on purpose or a simple coincidence, some of these last tweets reflected what a person was going through right before they died either intentionally or by accident. Here’s a list of some of the most moving last tweets written by celebrities before they died:
1. Robin Williams: Eleven days before he passed away in August 2014, Robin Williams sent a birthday greeting to his only daughter Zelda, who was turning 25. His last message read: “#tbt and Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl.” Williams committed suicide at the age of 63 after a prolonged struggle with Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB).
2. Amy Winehouse: Two nights before her death on July 23, 2011, Amy tweeted a strange and unsettling message that read: “oinka oinka oinka why you awake.” She also posted a series of tweets promoting the latest album by Dionne Bromfield, showing that she was passionate about music until the very end.
3. Maya Angelou: The author known for writing some of the most moving and inspiring passages left us with a message of serenity. Over four years, she only sent out 255 tweets and a few days before her death she decided to post one final message that read: “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” Her family confirmed on Facebook that her last days were serene and that her “ascension was not belabored by the loss of acuity or comprehension.”
4. Paul Walker: During the promotional tour for Furious 7, Paul tweeted a photo of himself and his co-stars before he was killed in a car crash. Just a few days earlier, Paul had tweeted a message that seems eerily ironic now: “#FastFridays RT @FastFurious: When you #LiveFast, there’s no definite set of rules.”
5. Whitney Houston: Whitney, who was one of the most celebrated performers of all time, only made five tweets under her official account. The last tweet to her name was to confirm to her fans that her account belonged to the real Whitney Houston. She was found dead in the bathtub of her Hilton hotel room on February 11, 2012.
6. Elizabeth Taylor: Her last tweet was a link to a Harper’s Bazaar interview she did with Kim Kardashian, and a message to Kim that read: “Our interview in Bazaar came out! You look like a princess in Egyptian robes, love!” Elizabeth passed away on March 23, 2011 due to congestive heart failure.
8. Billy Mays: On the final day of his life, Billy flew from Philadelphia back to his home in Tampa on US Air. He took to Twitter to tell his followers how he had a “close call landing” aboard his plane. The accident was unrelated to his death, and his autopsy revealed that he passed away due to heart disease.
9. Joan Rivers: On August 28, 2014, Joan underwent a procedure meant to treat a minor throat problem. Complications during the surgery caused her to stop breathing, and later she was put on life support to no avail. Her last tweet was a joke about Beyoncé, which read: “A man reportedly got his finger bitten off at a Beyoncé concert! The shocking twist: It wasn’t Jay Z’s finger and it wasn’t by Solange.”
10. Mitch Lucker: The young musician and lead singer of Suicide Silence died from the injuries he sustained during a motorcycle accident. His wife, Jolie Carmadella, stated that he had been struggling with alcohol problems for some time. He posted his last tweet a few hours before the accident which read: “The dead are living.”
12. Prince: The singer was found dead at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The cause of death was a fentanyl overdose that was meant to help him with the chronic pain that was stopping him from performing. Like a true musician, his last tweet was a link to the website of an independent record store in Minneapolis called Electric Fetus.
13. Cory Monteith: The actor best known for playing Finn on Glee passed away in Vancouver, British Columbia due to a heroin and alcohol overdose. His last few tweets, which he sent on July 12, 2013, were about the movie Sharknado were he joked about the absurdity of the premise of the film.
14. Reeva Steenkamp: Only hours before her death, Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp posted several tweets revealing how excited she was about Valentine’s Day. “What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow?” she asked her followers. “It should be a day of love for everyone.” Reeva, who was shot to death by Pistorius, also posted a picture of a shake that her boyfriend had gotten her.
16. DJ AM: The musician, DJ and remixer passed away on August 28, 2009, due to a drug overdose. Before he died, he left behind a cryptic and disillusioned tweet that shed a light on how he was feeling during his last moments: “New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york ain’t always what it seems.”