According to reports from a Venezuelan general, as Hugo Chavez passed away, he whispered, "I don't want to die. Please don't let me die."
Gen. Jose Ornella told the AP that the president's last words indicated how much "he loved his country" and wanted to keep living for it. Regardless of one's opinion of the leader, his plea for life in his final moment is stirring, if not out of keeping with the strong political figure he cut.
His last words inspired us to recall some other famous and infamous last utterances -- the stuff of fact and legend:
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