10+ Last Known Photos Of Celebrities Taken Soon Before They Died

Published 7 years ago

Some of our favorite artists, politicians, scientists, and athletes may not be remembered for the way they looked in their last public pictures, but their work is certainty going to stay with us.

Honoring the impact they left in our society, arts, sports, and politics, we present to you the last photos of famous people that are not with us anymore. Read their stories, remember their names, and reflect on their lives by listening to their song or watching their film.


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#1 Robin Williams, 63, 1951-2014

This photo of Robin Williams with his monkey, Crystal, was posted by to his Instagram on his birthday, 20 days before he died. Williams had been misdiagnosed as having Parkinson’s Disease but actually suffered from a type of dementia that led to severe paranoia in the days before his death. He committed suicide by hanging at the age of 63. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

Image source: therobinwilliams

#2 Freddie Mercury, 45, 1946-1991

This is one of the last photos of the lead singer of Queen, taken in 1991. Until the very end, Freddie denied rumours about having AIDS, preferring to avoid the inevitable media circus and concentrate on his career as best he could. The day before his death he released the following statement :
“Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand this policy will continue.”
Less than 24 hours later he died from bronchopneumonia, that was brought on by having AIDS. (Source: Ultimate Classic Rock)

Image source: historyinpics

#3 Carrie Fisher, 60, 1956-2016

This photo of Carrie Fisher was taken by a fan in London the day before she boarded a flight to Los Angeles. On board the flight she suffered a heart attack and passed away in hospital four days later. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

Image source: Jonny Kennedy

#4 Nikola Tesla, 86, 1856 – 1943

This is the last known photo of Nicola Tesla. On 7th January 1943, Tesla died alone in the New Yorker Hotel. The inventor, physicist, and futurist was best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. By the end of his brilliant and tortured life, he was penniless and had become a vegetarian living on only milk, bread, honey, and vegetable juices. Tesla spent days in a park surrounded by the creatures that mattered most to him—pigeons—and his sleepless nights working over mathematical equations and scientific problems in his head. (Source: Vintage Everyday)

Image source: vintag.es

#5 David Bowie, 69, 1947-2016

The December 7th 2015 premiere of his musical, ‘Lazarus,’ at the Theatre Workshop in New York would turn out to be David Bowie’s final public appearance. Bowie had been battling liver cancer for over a year, and by this late stage was aware that it was terminal. His final album ‘Blackstar’ was full of references to death and he had appeared to have accepted and come to terms with his own mortality, with a humour and grace that many of us can only hope to emulate. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

Image source: Price/face to face/MediaPunch

#6 Chester Bennington, 41, 1976-2017

This photo of a smiling and seemingly happy Chester Bennington was taken just days prior to his passing. On July 20, 2017, Bennington was found dead at his home in California, having committed suicide by hanging. Bennington had always been open about his struggles with addiction and depression, but those close to him were shocked by his suicide. The day after Cornell’s memorial, Bennington tweeted that he was “feeling very creative” and had written six new songs. Around the same time, he told a friend, Rene Mata, “We have to stick together, and we have so much to live for.” Bennington was just 41 years old at the time of his death.  (Source: Rolling Stone)

Image source: TalindaB

#7 Jimi Hendrix, 27, 1942-1970

This photo of Jimi Hendrix with his favourite guitar ‘Black Betty’ was taken on September 17th, 1970, by his girlfriend Monika Danneman in the garden behind her apartment. Hendrix died the next day from a barbiturate-related asphyxia in London. He is said to have choked on his own vomit after taking a mixture of drugs, including a large dose of sleeping pills. There is no indication to suggest that Hendrix’s death was a suicide, despite media speculation that it was. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

Image source: Monika Danneman

#8 John Lennon, 40, 1940-1980

The man who shot John Lennon, Mark David Chapman, is captured getting an autograph from the Beatles star. After signing the album for him, Lennon asked, “Is this all you want?” Chapman smiled and nodded in agreement. Four hours later, as Lennon was returning to his residence from a recording studio, Chapman dropped onto one knee and fired five bullets into Lennon’s back from close range. Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital soon after. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

Image source: Paul Goresh

#9 Alan Rickman, 69, 1946 – 2016

This is Alan Rickman looking well in his last ever photograph before losing his battle with cancer. Rickman had been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas in August 2015, something he kept in private until his death on 14th January 2016. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

Image source:  Jonathan Hordle

#10 Heath Ledger, 28, 1979-2008

This photo of Heath Ledger is from his last film ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.’ It was to be his last role, just a few days later he was found dead in his New York apartment after suffering an accidental overdose from prescription medication on January 22nd, 2008. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

Image source: tmz.com


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