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.
This photo of Biggie Smalls, with close friend and collaborator Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, was taken right before his death after Biggie presented an award at the Soul Train Music Awards and left a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum on March 9, 1997. Leaving the party, Biggie was riddled with bullets in a drive-by-shooting and died.
Records and accounts of Abraham Lincoln’s last known photograph are varied. A few years ago, news circulated that a photo found in General Ulysses S. Grant’s family album, showing the 16th United States President in front of the White House, may have been the last snapshot taken before his assassination in 1865. Other sources point to three photos taken by Henry F. Warren on the balcony of the White House on March 6, 1865.
This last know picture of Hitler was taken approximately two days prior to his death as he stands outside his Berlin bunker entrance surveying the devastating bomb damage. With Germany lying in ruins after six years of war, and with defeat imminent, Hitler decided to take his own life. But before doing so, he married Eva Braun and then penned his last will and testament. The next day in the afternoon on April 30, 1945 Braun and Hitler’ entered his living room to end their lives. Later that afternoon the remaining members of the bunker community found Hitler slumped over, and blood spilled over the arm of the couch. Eva was sitting at the other end. Hitler had killed himself by biting down on a cyanide capsule while shooting him self in the head. Eva only used the cyanide capsule.
Taken in March 1955 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, a month before experiencing rupture of an aortic aneurysm.
The Daily Mail recently published these previously unseen, rare photos of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart in the final moments before her fateful flight in 1937. They were unearthed by a woman who almost tossed them in the trash and include snapshots of Earhart packing her bags (above), getting a haircut, reviewing weather charts, and making other preparations for her circumnavigational flight. Also pictured is the Lockheed Model 10 Electra that was built for the journey to her exact specifications.
Just over a week before her death on July 23, 2011, Amy Whinehouse was photgraphed walking around near her home in North London. It later emerged that it may have been sudden alcohol withdrawl that killed her
The last known photo of Chris Benoit, taken on a cell phone by a fan at Dr. Phil Astin’s office on June 22nd, 2007. It was later determined that his wife was already dead by the time this photo was taken.
This is believed to be the last known photo of Anne Frank with her sister Margot taken in early to mid 1942. Later that year In July her sister Margot would be among the first to receive notice that she was to be sent to Nazi Germany ordering her to report for relocation to a work camp. Anne was then told by her father that the family would go into hiding. The Frank family was discovered and arrested on the morning of August 4th 1944. Having been arrested in hiding, they were considered criminals and were sent to the Punishment Barracks for hard labor. In March 1945, a typhus epidemic spread through the camp and killed approximately 17,000 prisoners. Witnesses later testified that Margot fell from her bunk in her weakened state and was killed by the shock, and that a few days later Anne Frank died.
The last known photograph of Bob Marley sees him hanging out with his family in Munich, Germany. The painfull frail reggae legend weighed just 77lbs in this pic and eventually succumbed to cancer on May 11, 1981
This is a snapshot of Elvis pulling into Graceland with girlfriend Ginger Alden August 16, 1977 after a visit with a dentist. The King had been suffering from health problems, but was set to start touring again, with a flight scheduled for that evening. Sadly, he never made it. He suffered a heart attack and passed away on the toilet at his home.
Taken in 1991, before dying of bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS.
Gandhi 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.
Ledger was last photographed smiling on the set of "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in London, days before he was found overdosed on painkillers in his flat
Some claim this photo of Dean at a gas station with his Porsche is the last taken of him before his death. He owned the car only nine days when he lost his life in the crash.
This photo of The Doors‘ Jim Morrison and his girlfriend Pamel Courson was taken by a friend in the small village of Saint-Leud’Esserent. While is one of several to be taken that day, it is thought to be the last known photo of Morrison – five days later he was found dead.
His girlfriend snapped the last photograph of the legendary electric guitarist with his favorite instrument, nicknamed “Black Betty," the day before he died.
Keith Moon, drummer with The Who, died on 7th Sept 1978 of a overdose of heminevrin prescribed to combat alcoholism. A post-mortem confirmed there were 32 tablets in his system, 26 of which were undissolved. Moon had attended a party the night before organised by Paul McCartney for the launch of the ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ movie.
Jesse Frohman took these photos of Kurt Cobain close to his 1994 suicide
The photo was taken during a visit with Frank Sinatra and jazz pianist Buddy Greco the weekend before her death, on August 5, 1962.
In the rear seat is Princess Diana (looking back at the pursuing paparazzi) with Dodi Fayed sitting next to her. Seconds after this picture was taken the Mercedes entered the Place de l’Alma underpass going at an estimated speed of 105 km/h (65 mph.) The driver lost control of the car and swerved to the left before colliding head-on with one of the pillars in the tunnel. Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul both died instantly. Trevor Rees-Jones was still conscious and had suffered multiple serious injuries to the face. Diana was critically injured but died later that morning in the hospital leaving Rees-Jones the only survivor.
Here is Richard Pryor with comic Eddie Griffin shortly before his death. On December 10, 2005, Pryor suffered a heart attack in Encino, California. He was taken to a local hospital after his wife’s attempts to resuscitate him failed. He was pronounced dead at 7:58 am. He was 65 years old.
Jackass star Ryan Dunn was snapped boozing with his buddies hours before the high-speed crash that killed him and his passenger. Dunn was driving drunk when his Porsche flew off a Pennslyvania road at 140mph.
Irwin posing with marine biologist Chris Jones on his boat, Croc 1, just two days before hisdeath in 2006.
Tupac’s last photo sees him sitting beside his manager Suge Knight in a BMW right before he was shot to death in a drive-by-attack on Sept 13, 1996. The pair had just attended the Mike Tyson vs Bruce Sheldon fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas