One of the greatest romances in American history was that of John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie. While they had their ups and downs during their 10-year marriage, their love for one another was undeniable. But their love story ended in tragedy on November 22, 1963, the day JFK was assassinated. As he slumped over dying, Jackie sat helplessly and in shock beside him. The look on his face as he was shot haunted Jackie for the rest of her life.

A great romance cut short

It was a confusing moment that day in Dallas, Texas. One minute, JFK and Jackie, alongside the Texas governor and his wife, were waving from that Lincoln Continental convertible at their adoring crowd. Jackie’s arms were full of red roses from her admirers.

Then a loud sound erupted through the air, leaving Jack slumped forward in his seat. Jackie wrapped her arms around her husband. More shots fired, leaving Jackie with no option but to desperately crawl from her seat out onto the trunk of the car.

As he lay dying

All the way to the hospital, Jackie O was bent over her bleeding husband, asking him, “Jack, Jack, can you hear me? I love you.” According to biographer Christopher Anderson, Jackie uttered her last words to Jack in the hospital he was rushed to.

As he lay dying, she told him, “I love you, Jack. I love you.”

The final words of JFK

Rumors will tell you that Jack’s last spoken words were, “My God, I’ve been hit.” However, doctors have since confirmed the impossibility of this considering his wounds. JFK’s said his last words before he was shot. They are not quite as dramatic, which is to be expected. After all, he had no idea his life was about to end.

JFK’s last words were, “No, you certainly can’t.” These words were a response to casual chit-chat in the car. The Texas governor’s wife made the comment, “You certainly can’t say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome.” Jack’s response was uttered only moments before Lee Harvey Oswald‘s bullet reached his chest.