We all have our favorite singer, actor, performer, celebrity of any kind, and we all love seeing photos of them, in every possible capacity, at any given time.
Most of them spent their lives in the limelight, so it comes as no surprise that every aspect of their lives is well documented, especially now, when a photography camera is as common as drinking water. This brought about pictures capturing the final moments, days or public appearances of people we all loved and cared for.
In no particular order we present you 24 photos depicting the last time lens was pointed at them, capturing them in all sorts of ways.
Freddie Mercury is arguably the greatest rock singer of all time of time, a legend of music for sure. He died on November 24th, 1991 in in his house in Kensington, west London. The official cause of death was Bronchial Pneumonia resulting from AIDS. One of his final photos shows Mercury in the garden of his house, with one of his many cats beside him. Freddie had a hedonistic lifestyle, with a flamboyant stage personality, but was also shy and retiring when not performing.
Steve Jobs was CEO and co-founder of Apple. He passed away while under hospital care on October 5th, 2011 from Pancreatic cancer, at the age of 56. Although in early stages of the illness he turned to alternative medicine for ailment, before his death he went on record saying that he regretted that decision. Some of his final written words express his notion that ‘the pursuit of relationships, art, and dreams of your youth are far more important than wealth’.
Australian actor Heath Ledger was best known for his roles in A Knight’s Tale, Brokeback Mountain and as The Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight, which was the last movie he completed. This photo show him in costume during the filming of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Ledger passed away on January 22, 2008 in New York after a drug overdose. He is remembered for his iconic roles, caring personality, and legacy.
This is the last known photo of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. It was taken by Zenon Texeria, a British photographer. The last photoshoot made three months before his death, captures the champion at the age of 74, after more than three decades of fight with maybe his greatest opponent – Parkinson’s disease. One thing is for sure, though: maybe he lost his health to the ailment, but his spirit was never defeated, as evidenced in his fierce and sparkling gaze.
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Chester Bennington was the singer of the famous cross-over band Linkin Park. He passed away on July 20th, 2017, taking his own life after a long-time bout with depression. This took the world by surprise, because not just in the days before his suicide, but maybe his entire life he was known as person who was kind and joyful, carrying for all around him. Fans all over the world mourned his death, in shock.
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Kurt Cobain was the leader of Nirvana, perhaps the most influential band in the past 3 decades, whose rise to stardom caught the world by surprise at the start of the ’90s. The status of a super star proved to be a bit more than he can handle. He was suffering from severe depression and bipolar disorder. He ended is own life by shooting himself with a shotgun, at the age of 27. The legend says that at the time of his suicide, he was listening to REMs Automatic For The People, an album considered to be not quite the ray of sunshine we turn to when trying to escape depression.
This is one of the last known photos of committed Rastafari Bob Nesta Marley. He died losing his battle with skin cancer at the age of just 36. Although raised as a Catholic, he returned to Jamaica in the ’60s to convert to Rastafari and started growing his trademark dreadlocks. His iconic reggae sound, infused with spiritualism and fight for freedom and equality for all has brought him the status of truly a world music legend, not to be overshadowed any time soon.
Mark Twain, born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, is the famous author of the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and it’s sequel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He passed away at age 74. The last known photo of Twain shows him returning home with his companions from a trip they took to the Bermuda Isles.
The last known photo of the famous Beatle John Lennon shows him somewhere in New York, probably near his apartment building. He was killed by Mark David Chapman, who claimed Lennon was a ‘phoney,’ a primary theme of the book Catcher in the Rye, found upon his person after the shooting. We will always remember Lennon as the author of some of the most iconic songs in pop music history, but also as political activist during the tumultuous 70s.
Mahatma Gandhi was famous political activist and philosopher from India. He became prominent for his ‘non-violent’ protests, inspiring the new movement of Independence in India from the British rule. He inspired the Nonviolent Civil Disobedience influencing people from all around the world. The photo of his final moments shows Gandhi about to start prayer, and his murderer, a right-wing advocate Nathuram Godse, holding a pistol next to his thigh. Moments later he would shoot Gandhi three times in the chest.
After finishing the recording of the album “LA Woman” with his band The Doors, in early 1971, the singer Jim Morrison decided to take some time off and moved to Paris with his girlfriend Pamela Courson. Here in one of the last known photos of him, the singer is seen at a restaurant with his girlfriend. Morrison was found dead in his bathtub on July 3rd, 1971 , after apparent heart failure. The real cause of his death will remain a mystery, as autopsy was not performed – it is not required under French law.
Amy Winehouse was a famous English singer and songwriter. She was the first ever British woman to win five Grammy awards. She died from alcoholic poisoning at her home in Camden, London, on July 23, 2011. Her death came after an unsuccessful start of her latest tour, which was canceled in order for her to sort herself out. The medical reports revealed that Winehouse was in a weakened physical condition due to problems with eating. Along with Morrison, Cobain and many other, she is member of the infamous “Club 27”, consisting of celebrities who died at just 27 years of age.
Jimi Hendrix is considered by many as the greatest rock guitarist of all time. The last photo of him was taken by his girlfriend, in a garden behind the apartment they shared in London in September, 1970. He died the next day, joining the “Club 27”. His autopsy stated that Hendrix dies from asphyxiation cause by his own vomit, while being intoxicated with barbiturates.
Perhaps the most famous scientist in the world ever, Albert Einstein, is seen standing outside of his home in Princeton, New Jersey in what is considered to be one of his last known photos. The picture was taken one month before Einstein died from a ruptured abdominal aorta, on April 18, 1955. Einstein was a theoretical physicist, best known for his incredible intelligence and of course the world’s most famous equation E = mc 2, deriving from his Theory of relativity.
David Bowie, one of the greatest legends in music, had a photo-shoot session for the promotion of what would turn out to be his last album – Blackstar, just several days before his death. The photographs were made by Jimmy King, a lifelong friend of the famous Chameleon. Bowie died from liver cancer just two days after the release of the album. Some consider the album to be his swan song, a parting gift to his fans.
Tupac Shakur is arguably one of the most influential rappers of all time, while some also consider him to be the greatest of all. This photograph with his friend Suge Knight was made they were spotted leaving the boxing match of Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon, held in Las Vegas. Not long after the photo was taken, on September 13th, 1996, Tupac was shot and killed in a gang drive-by shooting. He had only 25 years at the time.
Johnny Cash, the famous country singer who always wore black, played in front of a small crowd at the Carter Fold Ranch. That would turn out to be his final performance. This footage shows the music legend doing what he loved until the end, having in mind he died just a couple months later on September 12, 2004, from diabetes. His death came less than four months after his wife died, leaving many to believe that the decline in his health was due to a broken heart. American V: A Hundred Highways, was his final album, released posthumously in 2006. It topped Billboard top 200 chart as Number 1 for the week it was released in.
The last photo ever made of Elvis Presley, the King himself, shows him to his Graceland ranch after a late night visit to his dentist. He was to perform a concert the next day in Portland, Maine. Presley as usual, withdrew for the night in his master suite, and at some time during the night went to use the bathroom and read a book. He died there of a heart failure, with overuse of prescribed drugs often quoted as a reason for the deterioration of his health. He was 42 years old.
James Dean was a famous actor who was also a passionate race car driver. It is this passion of his that ultimately lead him to his death. He succumbed to the injuries he sustained in a crash on September 30th, 1955, at the age of only 24. James Dean is considered to be one of the greatest movie icons of all time. On the last known photo ever made of him, James is seen at a gas station with his Porsche, just several hours before his fatal crash at high speed.
The last known photo of famous and beloved actor Robin Williams shows him posing with a fan at Dairy Queen restaurant. At the time the picture was taken, Williams was also checked into rehab, to battle his drug addiction. It was little known that the famous comedian had struggled with mental illness during his entire life. As a result of the struggles with his disease, he committed suicide on August 11, 2014. He will be always remembered for his kindness, humor, and plethora of memorable roles in some of the favorite movies of our generation.
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James Gandolfini is arguably best know for his portrayal of mob boss in the hit TV show The Sopranos. He was last seen dining with his friends at a restaurant in Rome. Gandolfini passed away the next day, on June 19, 2013, from a heart attack at age of 51. He was on a family vacation, enjoying the country of his ancestors, and was to receive an award at a local film festival several days later.
Marilyn Monroe was one of the most famous movie stars of the 1950’s and 60’s. She is probably the first sex symbol of worldly magnitude, certainly the first celebrity to be on the cover of Playboy. The last known photo of Marilyn shows her posing with famous pianist and singer Buddy Greco. Several days later, on August 5th, 1962, she was found dead in her bedroom. The cause of death was acute barbiturate poisoning. She was of fragile mental health and had episodes of ‘severe fears and frequent depressions’. Due to this, her death was classified by the coroner as ‘probable suicide’.
Source: daily mail
Anton Yelchin, a young and budding film star, is seen here in his last public appearance on a red carpet. He was attending the premiere of Green Room, along with his co-stars. Days later, Anton died in a freakish car accident. He parked in his driveway, which was on a steep incline, but upon exiting his Grand Cherokee Jeep, he was pinned between the car and a brick pillar from a security fence. He died within a minute, suffering from crushed lungs as result of the impact.
Source: The Mirror
Princess Diana, adored by probably half the world in her lifetime, is seen here minutes before the fatal car crash in which she lost her life. For many years the paparazzi following her every move were blamed for the accident, for being too obtrusive. It was later established that Henri Paul, Diana’s driver who also died in the crash, was in fact driving under influence, on top of trying to escape the prying photographers. The Princess died along with her companion Dodi Fayed, son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed El Fayed, leaving Diana’s bodyguard -Trevor Rees-Jones, as the only survivor of the crush.