Being famous has it’s rewards and down sides. You can never really get away from the spotlight even in death. While some of these images may be saddening, it gives us a look at what they looked like in their last photo taken of them. May they all rest in peace.
A talented yet troubled grunge performer, Curt Cobain, became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band, Nirvana. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.
On June 25, 2009, Jackson fell unconscious while lying in bed at his rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles. He was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm Pacific time.
He died in September 2009, at age 57, 20 months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
A frail Steve Jobs is helped into a car by a friend outside his home in California on August 26, 2011. Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreatic tumor in 2003 and died of respiratory arrest related to the tumor on October 5, 2011.
“Drug use was heavily implicated” in Presley’s death. No one ruled out the possibility of anaphylactic shock brought on by the codeine pills … to which he was known to have had a mild allergy. A pair of lab reports filed two months later each strongly suggested that polypharmacy was the primary cause of death; one reported “fourteen drugs in Elvis’ system, ten in significant quantity. Forensic historian and pathologist Michael Baden views the situation as complicated: “Elvis had had an enlarged heart for a long time. That, together with his drug habit, caused his death. But he was difficult to diagnose; it was a judgment call.”
At about 2:45 pm EST, on 22 January 2008, Ledger was found unconscious in his bed by his housekeeper. Teresa Solomon, and his masseuse, Diana Wolozin, in his fourth-floor loft apartment at 421 Broome Street in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan. At the urging of the 9-1-1 operator, Wolozin administered CPR but was unable to revive him. Paramedics and emergency medical technicians arrived seven minutes later, at 3:33 pm (“at almost exactly the same moment as a private security guard summoned by Ms. Olsen”) but were also unable to revive him. At 3:36 pm, Ledger was pronounced dead, and his body was removed from the apartment.
In October 1986 the British press reported that Mercury had his blood tested for HIV/AIDS at a Harley Street Clinic. Headline read “It’s official – Freddie is seriously ill.” On the evening of 24 November 1991, Mercury died at the age of 45 at his home in Kensington.
Martin Luther King, Jr
King was shot at 6:01 p.m., April 4, 1968, as he stood on the motel’s second-floor balcony. The bullet entered through his right cheek, smashing his jaw, then traveled down his spinal cord before lodging in his shoulder. After emergency chest surgery, King died at St. Joseph Hospital at 7:05 p.m..
On 31 August 1997, Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, which also caused the deaths of her companion Dodi Fayed and the driver Henri Paul, acting security manager of the Hotel Ritz Paris. The funeral saw the British television audience peak at 32.10 million.
Kim Jong Il
North Korean State media did not report his death until 51 hours after it occurred, apparently due to the political jockeying and discussions that surrounded the official version of Jong-il’s legacy, as well as agreeing upon the membership of the Funeral Committee of Kim Jong-Il. On the morning of 19 December, all work units, schools, government agencies, and military personnel were informed of a major announcement to take place at noon. It was reported in December 2012 by South Korean media, however, that he had died in a fit of rage over construction faults in a crucial power plant project at Huichun in Jagang Province.
Robert F. Kennedy
Senator Robert Francis Kennedy died at 1:44 AM June 6, 1968. Kennedy had been shot three times. One bullet, fired at a range of about 1 inch (2.5 cm), entered behind his right ear, dispersing fragments throughout his brain. The other two entered at the rear of his right armpit; one exited from his chest and the other lodged in the back of his neck. Kennedy died at 1:44 A.M. PDT on June 6, nearly 26 hours after the shooting.
On September 7, 1996, the American hip-hop artist was fatally shot in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shakur was hit from a .40-caliber Glock four times, twice in the chest, once in the hand, and once in the thigh. four times, twice in the chest, once in the hand, and once in the thigh. The shooting occurred at 11:15 p.m.. Shakur died from his injuries six days later and the murder remains officially unsolved.
The man who shot Lennon, Mark David Chapman, appears in Lennon’s last photo asking the musician to sign an autograph a few hours before the killing. After sustaining four major gunshot wounds, Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. He was 40 years old. At the hospital, it was stated that nobody could have lived for more than a few minutes after sustaining such injuries. Lennon died December 8, 1980, Manhattan, New York City, NY.
The last photo taken of all four Beatles together (August 22nd, 1969).
Adolf Hitler’s last photo taken approximately 2 days before his death, Hitler stands outside his Berlin bunker entrance surveying the devastating bomb damage. He died April 30, 1945, Berlin, Germany.
His last photo was taken in April 1910. Twain died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut. One day after the comet’s closest approach to Earth.
Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, at age 27.
Mahatma Gandhi’s last photo was on his way to address a prayer meeting when his assassin, Nathuram Godse, fired three bullets from a Beretta 9 mm pistol into his chest. he died January 30, 1948, in New Delhi, India.
In 1997, Harrison was diagnosed with throat cancer and treated with radiotherapy, which was thought at the time to be successful. He publicly blamed years of smoking for the illness. On 30 December 1999, Harrison and his wife were attacked at their home, Friar Park. A 36-year-old, Michael Abram, broke in and attacked Harrison with a kitchen knife, puncturing a lung and causing head injuries before Olivia Harrison incapacitated the assailant by striking him repeatedly with poker and a lamp. Following the attack, Harrison was hospitalised with more than forty stab wounds. He released a statement soon after regarding his assailant: “[he] wasn’t a burglar, and he certainly wasn’t auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys. In May 2001, it was revealed that he had undergone an operation to remove a cancerous growth from one of his lungs, and in July, it was reported that he was being treated for a brain tumor. In November 2001, he began radiotherapy at another hospital. Three weeks later, on 29 November 2001, Harrison died at a friend’s home in Los Angeles, aged 58 and was cremated.
John Candy during the filming of Wagons East is his last known photo. Some time after midnight, on March 4, 1994, Candy was found dead from a heart attack; no autopsy was performed. The heavyset Candy had struggled for some years with weight-related health issues.
On June 20, 2011, at around 3:30 a.m. EDT, Dunn and Zachary Hartwell, a production assistant on Jackass Number Two were killed when Dunn’s Porsche 911 GT3 veered off the road, hit a tree and burst into flames in West Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Dunn was 34 years old. He was buried at Highland Drive Cemetery, Brecksville, OH.
Steve Irwin’s last photo He’s posing with marine biologist Chris Jones on his boat, Croc 1, just two days before his death in 2006. Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled “Oceans Deadliest.”
“Her tombstone should have read ‘From Desi’s death on Dec. 2, 1986, to her own death on April 26, 1989 because that was the life of her death. On her death certificate it says ‘ruptured aorta,’ but I believe Lucy died because she didn’t want to live anymore.” Lucy died April 26, 1989 in Beverly Hills, CA from an abdominal dissection at the age of 77.
Prince died April 21, 2016 in Chanhassen, MN. On April 20, Prince’s representatives called Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California specialist in addiction medicine and pain management, seeking help with a “grave medical emergency” that Prince was dealing with. Kornfeld scheduled to meet with Prince on April 22, and he contacted a local physician who cleared his schedule for April 21, for an exam and to check on Prince’s condition. On April 21, at 9:43 a.m., the Carver Sheriffs Office received a 9-1-1 call requesting that an ambulance be sent to Prince’s home at Paisley Park. The caller initially told the dispatcher that an unidentified person at the home was unconscious, then moments later said he was dead, and finally identified the person as Prince.