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Last Known Photographs of Deceased Celebrities

By Joseph Cha on November 4th 2013

There’s something very morbid about the last photograph of a person. The last photograph means that there will never be another memory of that person, and never another photo. In this list of last known photos of celebrities, we see a brief glimpse into celebrity lives in their final moments.

It’s eerie to think that they had no idea that this would be their last photo.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.


Princess Diana

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler


Babe Ruth


Freddy Mercury


James Dean


Bob Marley


Ryan Dunn


John Lennon


Amelia Earhart


Challenger Crew


Albert Einstein


Tupac Shakur


Marilyn Monroe


Lucille Ball


Franklin D. Roosevelt


Mahatma Gandhi


Kim Jong Il


Mark Twain


Anne Frank


John F. Kennedy

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I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

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  2. msn

    Great post. I tend to agree with the author that this is morbid in the most classic sense. These photos prompt us to consider our own last photos and to wrestle all the yummy angst that goes along with that.

    Of course, this would not be as powerful a message were these not celebrities, and not because we somehow idolize them and assign some magical significance to their last photos. A message like this only works with subjects that are universally known. I could give you the last picture of my uncle before his death, but his is not a face broad swaths of people are familiar with. You may not know *much* about James Dean, but you know more about him and his life than you know about my uncle. The celebrity status just serves to make the message accessible to readers. It works!

    Your post has given me much to think about. Thanks for that!


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  3. Kim

    I actually disagree with the idea that these are morbid. The photos are of people who by hard work, a touch of luck became famous, some did great things, others didn’t. None the less interesting photos .

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  4. Kurtz A

    Great write, miss some of this artist like Kurt Cobain, as for Trolls- dont feed em ;)

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  5. Ralph

    That photo of John Lennon and Mark David Chapman is not his last but his 3rd to last. The last photo is him walking to his limousine.

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  6. JT

    who cares. they are just people. seriously.

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    • Will

      Wow. I care. I don’t particularly idolize any of these people; nonetheless, the power and impact of a photograph is particularly strong here.

      Why are you on a photography forum again?

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    • Thomas John Taylor

      Delusional, The Dead Stars of Tragedy, Murder, & Suicide are places I don’t agree with, therefore I Don’t Go.

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