Final Feasts: A Look Back at the Last Meals of Famous People

From Julia Child's French onion soup to to Elvis's ice cream and cookie binge, the final meals of pop-culture icons are a source of morbid fascination.


There's a kind of strange fascination attached to deaths, especially those of celebrities and notorious criminals. You want to know the details, but you also want to hide under your bed and pretend death doesn't happen. We get it.

No matter how you live life, everyone goes the same way regardless. The final moments in the lives of pop-culture figures are intriguing, and we find ourselves wondering whether or not they felt death approaching, and whether they feasted on their favorite sandwich before they croaked.

Did Hitler think eating spaghetti would redeem him from a life of genocide and war? Is root beer and Camel Lights the only thing you can stomach when faced with suicidal thoughts? These questions, and so many others, remain unanswerable. It's disconcerting thinking about what a human being craves in those last moments, but also morbidly fascinating.

Take a look through the last meals of the good, the bad, and Liberace.

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  • Samir Soriano

    Timothy McVeigh died in 2001, not 1968! That may have been his birth year though.

    • lil dz

      is there no editors on staff? sad day for journalism

  • Kelly Wilson

    Actually, Julia Child did know it would be her last meal. She’s been ill for some time and was fading. On her last night, she asked her assistant to make onion soup for her. Julia managed to sip a few spoonfuls and died a few hours later.

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