The Internet is a truly a wonderful thing. Among many other benefits it provides, it also allows for a much closer connection between celebrities and their fans.
Nowadays you may keep track of your favourite celebrity 24/7, well at least you can keep track of their social media posts. But it really gives fans a much more intimate connection with their idols. Sure they can not hang out with them, but they can check the latest photos they uploaded and peek into their personal life at least a little bit.
Another good thing that internet and social media have brought us is the good amount of information. Whenever you tweet something, it stays online, even if you delete it! Needless to say, one’s social media posts will remain online even after their death. So technology has given us the opportunity to preserve our last words online for as long as there is Internet, a fascinating prospect. It gets even more fascinating when you realize that every post that a celebrity makes might be their last one.
The public has always been intrigued by the last words of famous people. There are books and websites devoted to the final thoughts of such people. But one can never be sure if these were really their last words. Well that is certainly not the case with social media, and celebrities last posts. You can be sure that it is really them who wrote that, and nobody edited or altered the post in some way.
1. Robin Williams
We start our list with one of the most recent losses of a celebrity that we all loved. It is the one and only Robin Williams. Born in 1951 and passed away in 2014, he was a favourite actor of many generations. He really did seem to be the jolliest man on earth and none of us could’ve ever guessed that he has spent years fighting depression. Eventually this led to him taking his own life on August 11, 2014.
On July, 31 he posted his last ever tweet. He posted a tweet for his daughter’s birthday, along with a picture of him holding her in his arms from the time she was a baby. It seemed to be a perfectly normal birthday congratulation, and there was no way for Zelda Rae Williams to know that this will be the last time she receives birthday congrats from her father.
Just 12 days later, Robin Williams was found dead in his residence in California, USA.
It was a shock to everybody, especially for Zelda. She replied to his last tweet.
“I love you. I miss you. I’ll keep trying to look up.”
She then added a quote from “The little prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
“You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them … In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night … You – only you – will have stars that can laugh.”
2. Chester Bennington
Another even more recent tragedy was the loss of Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington. Born on March 20, 1976, Chester became a fan favourite with the release of Linkin Parks’ first album “Hybrid Theory” in 2000. In 2005, the album was certified as “Diamond” by the RIAA and the best selling album of the decade. The band enjoyed huge success, and Chester Bennington became one of the most prominent names among singers.
On May 18, 2017 Chester lost one of his closest friends and a fellow singer – Chris Cornell (lead vocalist of Audioslave and Soundgarden).
Prior to Chester’s death, he was with his family in Arizona, but he left early explaining that he has some work to do in LA. On the morning of July 20, 2017 he was found dead in his home. The cause of the death was suicide by hanging. The police found a halfway empty bottle of alcohol in the room.
Chester Bennington posted a couple of tweets shortly before he died, saying that he had lots of new ideas for songs after the loss of his close friend. The last tweet he posted was a photo of him on stage from behind, facing thousands of his fans. He captioned the photo “Me and my peeps” and set it as his profile pic.