His relative incoherence led me to check out some last utterances from other famous departed, which I present for your inspection:
John Adams, one of our Founding Fathers and intense rival of Thomas Jefferson (1735-1826) "Thomas Jefferson--still survives..." (uttered on July 4, 1826 -- yes, Independence Day. Note: Jefferson died on the same day.) Talk about passion that lasted a lifetime...
While Adams complained about his rival, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) spoke thus: "Is it the Fourth?"
ice-cream soda I ever tasted." I do not know if he indeed ate an ice-cream soda immediately prior to dying, or if he was remembering a happy instance from the recent or distant past! I know that given my own love of ice cream, particularly Oberweis Dairy's Chocolate Marshmallow and Udderly Truffles flavors, I might very well whisper this upon my passing as well.
Economist and proponent of government fiscal and monetary interventions John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946): "I wish I'd drunk more champagne." (Oh, never let that be your dying wish: quaff the champagne now, while you can!)
Writer Gertrude Stein (1874-1946): Just before she died, she asked, "What is the answer?' No answer came. She laughed and said, "In that case what is the question?" Then she died.
Writer and renowned alcoholic Dylan Thomas (1914-1953): After a night of carousing at the White Horse Tavern in Manhattan: "I have just had eighteen whiskeys in a row. I do believe that is a record." I believe I will stick with the ice cream...