Whenever someone famous passes on, there are memories that we have, memories we share of their existence. So many of these memories live to remind us of how fragile life can be. When it comes to famous people and celebrities, everyone has their way of remembering them, their way of honoring their lives. It is because of this reason that some people go as far as building shrines to honor the memory of the dearly departed.
We might not have been drawn to these famous people in any particular way, but the impact that they had on life, the effect that they had on the lives of people around them makes their lives worth every mention possible today.
We probably know a number of people who have passed on in the past, and even wished to have spent more time with some of them. We took time and found some incredible photos, the last ever photos taken of famous individuals all over the world. These photos were the last moments when these individuals were seen alive, before the cruel hand of death dealt its deck of cards and took their souls. Disclaimer: Some of these photos might be too emotional!
10 Amy Winehouse in London before she died in 2011
The music of Amy Winehouse still rocks playlists, media houses and charts all over the world. She was a talented musician. Her vocals still rock airwaves to date. She had some of the deepest vocals known, and her perfection in a mix of musical genres was heavenly. She had managed to infuse her style through jazz, neo soul and R&B. As is the case with a number of high profile and high flying celebrities, her struggles with alcohol and other drugs was no secret. In 2011 she died from alcohol poisoning at 27 years old, and her Back to Black album had to be posthumously released.
9 Amelia Earhart (last flight in 1937) she never returned
Those in the aviation industry and other interested parties probably know the story of Amelia Earhart. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic on her own, becoming not just a pioneer in this field, but an inspiration to many. Other than her work in aviation, she was also a celebrated author. Born in July, 1897, she would leave famous quotes such as Adventure is worthwhile in itself and Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done. In an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937, she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, just shy of Howland Island.
Probably one of the finest talents the music industry has lost so far. Aaliyah Dana Haughton and 8 other people boarded a Cessna 402B flight from The Bahamas to Miami Florida, but shortly after takeoff their flight crashed. Everyone on the flight died instantly. According to an autopsy, Luis Morales III, the pilot, had traces of alcohol and cocaine in his system. Her death came just after filming the video for her single, "Rock the Boat". This was the last photo ever taken of her before she died. She is seen boarding the plane, which would crash just a few meters after takeoff, killing everyone on board.
7 Tupac Shakur with Manager Suge Knight
You do not have to be a hip hop fan to know Tupac. He is probably one of the greatest rappers of all time, and also ranks among the greatest musicians ever. The photo herein is the last one taken of him alive, with his manager Suge Knight. On the night when he was shot and killed, he was heading to Club 662 for a performance. Interestingly enough, there was a 10–car entourage of Death Row Records members trailing his '96 BMW 750 sedan. This photo was taken when he pulled down the window at a red light at 10:55 pm. 20 minutes later, he would be felled by gunmen.
6 Freddie Mercury
Singer, song writer, producer, there are endless tags that have been used to describe Freddie Mercury. He was the lead vocalist for the rock band Queen, one of the greatest bands of all time. His persona on stage was flamboyant, and one of the main reasons for his popularity. Born in Zanzibar and raised between Zanzibar and India, he would die of bronchial pneumonia, which was as a result of AIDS that he was suffering from. This was the last photo taken of him in 1991 before he died on November 24th. He would posthumously be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
5 Abraham Lincoln
This photo was taken from an album of General Ulysses S. Grant in the year 1865, just before Lincoln was assassinated. What isn’t there to say about Abe Lincoln? The 16th President of the United States, who served under the National Union Party is one of the most notable presidents of the United States. His work and the fight for equality and freedom are some of the hallmarks of the country that we have today. So many are his words that have been quoted today, but the simplest of them all; Whatever you are, be a good one, is one that most people can relate to.
4 Albert Einstein
The German born theoretical physicist who died in April 1955 has had his work define the philosophy of science as we know it today. This was a photo that was taken in his home in New Jersey just a month before he died. Other than his work in science, he had some quotes which have lived on to be equally famous as his name. Some of the most famous quotes from Albert Einstein include: Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind and Two things are infinite: The universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
3 John Lennon
One of the most amazing things about the last photo of John Lennon, the photo was of him and the man who shot and killed him. This is the photo of a fan, Mark David Chapman. John Lennon and Yoko Ono were heading back to their apartment at The Dakota in New York when around 10:50 pm Chapman shot him 4 times in the back just as he was at the entrance to his building. He was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital but at 11:07 pm he was pronounced dead on arrival. Prior to his death, he had just signed an autograph of Double Fantasy for Chapman.
2 Elvis Presley
At the age of 42, Elvis Presley, singer and actor, and considered one of the most influential cultural icons in the 20th century, died. King of Rock and Roll, or simply The King, most people who only follow his musical career, do not know he served in the US Army between 1958 and 1960, and rose up to the rank of Sergeant. This was the last photo that was taken of him pulling into Graceland in August of 1977. His family has since covered up the cause of his death, but it has become common knowledge that he died from an overdose of prescription medication, which stopped his heart.
1 Biggie Smalls (The Notorious B.I.G) posing with Sean Combs
Christopher George Latore Wallace was American rapper and one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. Just like Tupac, he was shot in a drive-by shooting incident in Los Angeles in 1997. He had attended the Soul Train Music Awards in LA, and even presented an award to Toni Braxton. Part of the audience booed him while he was at it. He would attend an after party which was graced by the likes of Sean Combs, Aaliyah and Faith Evans, and several members of the Crips and Bloods gangs. His autopsy was made public in 2012, more than a decade after his death