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What Were Steve Jobs' Final Words? You Might be Surprised


"Death didn't happen to Steve, he achieved it."

Steve Jobs was a man of pointed words and catch phrases. But his final words are perhaps the most poignant, leaving us making assumptions of what he meant.

During a eulogy delivered on October 16, Jobs's sister, Mona Simpson, said his final words were "OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW." The New York Times published the full eulogy, in which the words appeared as they are written here -- in capital letters.

We can only assume what these words mean or what caused them, but Simpson ended her eulogy with them, making no speculation herself.

The Washington Post notes the fascination many have of last words, including the famous last words of Sigmund Freud, which were, “Now it’s nothing but torture and makes no sense anymore.” The Post reports Beethoven as saying "I shall hear in heaven," and likens Thomas Edison's final remarks to along the same lines as Jobs's:

According to various sources, including the book “Edison: Inventing the Century” by Neil Baldwin, hours before his death, Edison emerged from a coma, opened his eyes, looked upwards and said “It is very beautiful over there.”

In the eulogy Simpson retells how her brother and she first met. Since Jobs was adopted, they didn't meet until she was 25. But after this meeting, she appears to have had an integral part and understanding into her brother's life.

In classic Steve Jobs fashion, who valued taking action over passiveness, Simpson said, "Death didn't happen to Steve, he achieved it."

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