For notable people in history, there isn’t much information on the moments before their last dying breath. The last thing Benjamin Franklin ate and the last joke Richard Pryor told is unknown to the masses. The esoteric information of daily life may not be necessary, but can now be known thanks to social media and its ability to inform on a moment-to-moment basis.
When a famous person dies, it is on the news within hours and everyone knows the facts, however if that person has a Twitter account, it gives the public something a little more personal from reading their—unbeknownst to them—final messages.
Below are the last tweets from a handful of celebrities that have died in the past three years.
My interview in Bazaar with Kim Kardashian came out!!! http://j.mp/eqQsGa
— Elizabeth Taylor (@DameElizabeth) February 9, 2011
Actress Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure. Two tweets before she posted, “Every breath you take today should be with someone else in mind. I love you.”
Premier of proving ground tonight at 8 on G4 http://tumblr.com/xxt2zz0obm
— Ryan Dunn (@ryandunntv) June 14, 2011
Ryan Dunn, known for his stunts on MTV’s “Jackass” died in a car crash six days later.
— AndrewBreitbart (@AndrewBreitbart) March 1, 2012
Breitbart, conservative activist and author, tweeted minutes before he collapsed. The cause of his death is still unknown.
“New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems.”
— Adam Goldstein (@DJ_AM) August 25, 2009
DJ AM died three days later of acute intoxication, caused by an overdose of combined drugs.
RT @heavyd: BE INSPIRED!
— iamdiddy (@iamdiddy) November 12, 2011
Rapper Heavy D’s twitter was suspended after his death. Heavy D tweeted “Be Inspired!” the morning of his death and collapsed outside his home later that day from a polmunary embolism, caused by a blood clot.
The final tweets of deceased celebrities range from contemplative to inconsequential. Either way, it calls for reflection and makes me wonder about the tweets I’ve posted about the inclement weather or the person obstructing my view in class, and if they are good enough to be my last.