It’s a headline that’s used a lot. I’m guilty too. When someone uses it in a quote, it’s very powerful.
But it’s also very common. Everyone seems to think they’re going to die when in an extremely dangerous situation. A terrorist attack. A plane crash. A serious illness lost in the jungle. An assault. Jail in a foreign country. So many news stories use the exact quote as a headline.
I just saw it again on CNN in reference to the Minnesota bridge collapse. Fortunately I can’t find any online news stories that use it as a headline.
I think the quote deserves a retirement. Find something more original to quote.