Last Meals of Famous People

(Source: msn)

There is something fascinating about last meals. Eating is something we do multiple times on a daily basis; it is what gives us life. Surround yourself with chefs, cooks, and culinarily inclined guests at a dinner party, and you may very well be presented with a particular question: “What would you want for your last meal on earth?” Some will choose indulgent dishes like oysters, lobster, and foie gras, while others will instead favor comfort foods from their childhood or simple dishes from home, like spaghetti pomodoro, steak, and mashed potatoes, mom's meatloaf, or homemade biscuits. Read on and discover the last meals eaten by some famous people throughout history. Will they surprise you, or will they reinforce famous reputations?


In 399 BC, faced with the two choices, a jury of Athenians selected death for Socrates as punishment for impiety and corrupting the youth of the city. The philosopher was taken to the nearby jail where his sentence would be carried out. Athenian law prescribed death by drinking a cup of poison hemlock.

Napoleon Bonaparte

On May 5, 1821, while in exile on the island of St. Helena, the erstwhile emperor of France ate liver and bacon chops, sautéed kidneys in sherry, shirred eggs with cream, and garlic toast with roast tomatoes before breathing his last.


Abraham Lincoln

On April 14, 1865, before heading out to watch Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater, President Lincoln dined on mock turtle soup, roast Virginia fowl with chestnut stuffing, baked yams, and cauliflower with cheese sauce.


General Custer

On June 25, 1876, Custer ate roasted buffalo steaks, beans with molasses, roasted wild corn, and prairie hen before recklessly leading a battalion of the 7th Cavalry into disaster at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Custer and his entire detachment were killed.

Adolf Hitler

On April 30, 1945, holed up in his bunker underneath a shattered Berlin, Hitler ate spaghetti with "light sauce" (although some biographers say he had lasagna) - almost certainly meatless, as he was a vegetarian. Shortly after the meal (which had presumably not been vetted by his personal food taster), Hitler and Eva Braun, whom he had married less than 40 hours earlier, went into a private room and took their own lives.

Mahatma Gandhi

On the evening of January 30, 1948, Gandhi enjoyed one of his standard healthy dinners -goat's milk, cooked vegetables, oranges, and a concoction of ginger, sour lemons, and strained butter mixed with aloe juice - before he was assassinated by Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse.

John F. Kennedy

On the morning of November 22, 1963, JFK ate breakfast in his room at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth. According to the hotel's executive chef, Otto Druhe, he served the president "coffee, orange juice, two boiled (five-minute) eggs, some toast, and marmalade on the side." The president's entourage then left for downtown Dallas, where they were scheduled for a 1 p.m. luncheon to take place directly after Kennedy's motorcade made its way through town. Kennedy was shot at 12:30 p.m.

Saddam Hussein

On December 30, 2006, the former president of Iraq was executed by hanging. Reports say his last meal consisted of boiled chicken and rice with hot water mixed with honey. He was offered cigarettes as well, but refused.

Michael Jackson

June 25th, 2009, the King of Pop enjoyed a last meal of spinach salad with chicken breast before dying of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication.

Princess Diana

On August 31st, 1997, before her tragic accident, Diana enjoyed a meal of Dover sole, vegetable tempura, and a mushroom and asparagus omelette at the restaurant L'Espadon inside the Ritz Paris.

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