In the age of social media, much of our lives end up on the internet. For anyone who posts on social media, the day will come when you make your last post or tweet. The sad reality is that for some people, this day comes sooner than they expected. These ten tweets should serve as a reminder to “seize the day”, because you never know when it may end. Several of these tweets were found on The Tweet Hereafter, a site that curates famous last tweets.
#TheDarkKnightRises @Reel_Nerds oh man one hour till the movie and its going to be the best BIRTHDAY ever
— alex sullivan (@sully_2003) July 20, 2012
Alex Sullivan was looking forward to celebrating his 27th birthday by attending the midnight release of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, USA. Thirty minutes into the movie, a crazed gunman opened fire inside the theater, killing 12 people and wounding 59 more. Among those killed was Alex Sullivan.
Ervin McKinness was a 21-year-old aspiring rapper from California. In the early morning hours of September 2, 2012, McKinness posted this tweet which apparently indicated that he was in a car traveling at 120mph (193km/h) around curves in the road. Shortly after, the car, which was being driven by McKinness’s friend, crashed into a wall, killing McKinness and four friends.
Back on it tomorrow, tonight we sleep!
— Karl Harris (@KBomberHarris) June 2, 2014
Karl Harris was a British Superbike racer who won three British Superbike championships. He posted this tweet the evening before competing in one of the most dangerous motorcycle road races in the world: the Isle of Man TT. Karl was involved in a crash on the second lap of the race, resulting in his death.
“New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems.” — Adam Goldstein (@DJ_AM) August 25, 2009
Adam Goldstein was an American DJ and musician. He posted this tweet on 25 August, 2009. Three days later, he was found dead in his New York City apartment from an apparent drug overdose.
oh. IT’S A SHARK TORNADO.
— Cory Monteith (@CoryMonteith) July 12, 2013
Cory Monteith was a Canadian actor widely known for playing the character Finn Hudson on the American television series Glee. This tweet, posted July 12, 2013, references the absurd science fiction film Sharknado which was trending on Twitter in America for weeks around this time. The next day, he died of a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol.
Mitch Lucker was an American musician, serving as the lead vocalist for the deathcore band Suicide Silence. This tweets links to an Instagram post showing Lucker in his Halloween costume. That night, he was involved in a motorcycle accident resulting in his death.
BJP ‘just pretending’ to fight corruption: Sonia Gandhi…and congress pretending to be honest !?! — Jaspal Bhatti (@JaspalBhatti69) October 18, 2012
Jaspal Bhatti was an Indian television personality known for his show Flop Show. He was also known for his political satire and he posted this tweet on October 18, 2012. A week later, Bhatti was killed in a car accident in Jalandhar, India. His son, Jasraj, then took over the Twitter account to keep his father’s legacy alive.
Green!!!! — Dan Wheldon (@danwheldon) October 16, 2011
Dan Wheldon was a British race car driver widely known in the world of IndyCar. He posted this tweet on the day of the IZOD IndyCar World Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. “Green” refers to the green flag used to signal the start of the race. Sixty-six minutes after posting the tweet, Wheldon was killed in a 15 car accident on the 11th lap of the race.
Boris Nemtsov was a Russian politician who was often critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin. His last tweet, written in Russian, invites supporters of the Russian opposition to an anti-war march. In the linked post, he writes “Those who are for ending the war between Russia and Ukraine, who are for an end of Putin’s aggression, come to the Spring March in Maryino on 1 March”. Later that evening, he was assassinated while walking across a bridge in Moscow. His murderer has not been identified, though several conspiracy theories exist.
Reeva Steenkamp was a South African model and the girlfriend of Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius. She posted this tweet the day before Valentine’s Day in 2013. On Valentine’s Day, Steenkamp was shot three times through the bathroom door and killed by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius. At his trial, Pistorius was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years in jail.