#LastTweet Is Fitting Tribute To 2011’s Celebrity Deaths

This post was originally published on Lalawag.

The New York Times Magazine has released a new feature called #LastTweet, which catalogs the final Twitter messages of a few of the most famous folks who passed away in 2011.

From Elizabeth Taylor to Ryan Dunn, the list varies greatly in terms of content and content creators. But, in this age of unprecedented access to the private thoughts of Tweeting celebrities, it’s a fitting tribute to some of the great icons we lost in the past year.

In fact, the poignancy of this list comes from the fact that the Tweets themselves aren’t particularly poignant at all. They’re mostly mundane, observational or outright self promotional. In other words, these last tweets aren’t any different from any other tweets. Which makes them that much more interesting — and affecting.

A few examples:

  • “Somebody convince me to stay with ATT. What do they offer that’s better than even metro pcs? #effit” – Patrice O’Neal



  • “American Idol Finale May 25, Gaga & Big Man “The Edge of Glory” Really look forward to this one!!! much love” – Clarence Clemons


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