7 Famous People Who Were Buried With The Bizarre Things They Loved In Life

“It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, it’s what you leave behind you, when you go.”

– Randy Travis, Three Wooden Crosses

When death comes knocking at your door, you leave empty handed.
It’s a thought that’s been echoed on numerous occasions, and in numerous ways.

But does this little tidbit of conventional wisdom hold true for everyone?
Apparently not. Not the famous people on this list anyway.

1. Humphrey Bogart (1899 to 1957)

The actor’s cremated remains were supposedly joined in their urn by a small gold whistle bearing the inscription, “If you want anything, just whistle.”

The whistle had been a gift to his wife, Lauren Bacall, and was a reference to a dialog from their first film together, To Have and Have Not.

2. Roald Dahl (1916-1990)

Dahl was an avid lover of chocolate, and celebrated it both in his life and also in his most famous work – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

So it isn’t surprising that he was buried with some chocolate along with a bottle of Burgundy, snooker cues, pencils, and apparently, a power saw.

3. Harry Houdini (1874 to 1926)

In the words of his friend Howard Thurston, “Houdini’s love for his mother was his deepest devotion.”
Her death was a shock that her son never quite recovered from.

So when it came time for him to go, the famous magician was buried with his head resting on letters written by his beloved mother, Cecilia Weiss.

4. John F. Kennedy (1917 to 1963)

The 35th President of the States was a collector of scrimshaw, and his favorite piece was a 9 1/2-inch-long whale tooth, engraved with the presidential seal.

A Christmas gift from First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, it was buried with him in Arlington National Cemetery after his assassination, along with letters from his wife and two children and a pair of gold cufflinks.

His brother Robert is said to have added a PT-109 tie clip and a silver rosary.

5. Frank Sinatra (1915 to 1998)

The singer was buried his way, with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, a pack of Camel cigarettes, a Zippo lighter, and a dollar’s worth of dimes, in case he needed to use a pay phone.

6. Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

According to some sources, the pop artist and filmmaker was buried with a bottle of Estée Lauder perfume that was probably tossed into his grave by a friend, after the casket had been lowered.

We’re sure he appreciated the gesture though, judging from what he wrote in The Philosophy of Andy Warhol –  “I really love wearing perfume.”

7. Bob Marley (1945 to 1981)

The reggae legend is reportedly buried with his red Gibson Les Paul guitar, a Bible, and some marijuana.

And you know when I analyze these things,
To me, it makes, a lot of sense.


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Amanda Francesca Mendonça

After spending pretty much all of my teen years waiting for a Hogwarts letter that never came, I gave up and settled for being a wizard with words instead. A hopeless romantic, when I’m not penning down short stories, I’m busy imagining my own happily ever after.

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