It’s easy to think of famous people as somehow immortal, but beneath the fame and the glamour, they’re just as human as the rest of us. They might live in a different world than most, but when the time comes, they all go to the same place as everybody else.
These last photos of celebrities below serve to remind us that life is short and death is inevitable, so make the most of it while you can.
1- Freddie Mercury (45)
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. He released a statement telling about his illness a day before he died from bronchopneumonia, which was brought on by having AIDS.
2- Steve Jobs (56)
This is one of the last photos taken of Steve Jobs before his death on October 5th, 2011 at his home in California. He died due to complications arising from a relapse of his previously treated pancreatic cancer. His family was at his side while he passed away, his final words were said to be, “oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.”
3- Heath Ledger (28)
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.
4- Muhammad Ali (74)
Mohammed Ali’s most challenging fight was his 30-year battle against Parkinson’s Disease. On June 2, 2016, he was admitted to hospital due to pulmonary problems. The next day, doctors announced that he’d died from septic shock unrelated to his Parkinson’s Disease.
5- Chester Bennington (41)
It was no secret that the Linkin Park frontman was collaborating with the rapper Watsky on a project that appeared to inspire them both. 4 days after this photo was taken, Bennington committed suicide in his apartment, after years of battling depression.
6- Kurt Cobain (27)
This photo is taken from a Nirvana photoshoot about five months before Cobain took his own life at the age of 27. Cobain was found with a high concentration of heroin and traces of diazepam in his body and had a troubled history of addiction and depression. He died on April 5, 1994, having shot himself at his home in Seattle.
7- Bob Marley (36)
This photo of Bob Marley was taken a few months before he died of cancer on May 11th, 1981. At this point, his weight was just 35 kilograms. Marley had a dark pigment melanoma, a rare form of skin cancer, under his toe that spread throughout his body and lead to his eventual passing.
8- Mark Twain (74)
Mark Twain (real name Samuel Clemens) was famous for his classic work ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ as well as for his depressive episodes. This photo was taken 10 days before his death. Twain was also known for his wicked sense of humor and would amuse himself by sending anonymous letters to his entourage. A year before he died, he declared that he’d come to Earth on Halley’s Comet in 1835 and was hoping to leave with the comet upon its return in 1910. He added that he would be extremely disappointed if he couldn’t hitch a ride back with this cosmic visitor: a spine-tingling premonition as Twain did indeed pass away in 1910, after suffering a heart attack.
9- John Lennon (40)
This photo is particularly disturbing, as John Lennon’s signing an autograph for Mark Chapman, the man who 4 hours later assassinated the legendary musician.
10- Mahatma Gandhi (78)
Mahatma Gandhi fought for peace throughout his life, inspiring both rich and poor in the process. John Lennon, for example, was a huge admirer of Gandhi. It was when he went to pray one day that Nathuram Vinayak Godse shot him in the chest.
11- Jim Morrison (27)
This photo of Jim Morrison was taken on June 28th, 1971, together with his girlfriend Pamela Courson. Morrison died of heart failure in Paris on July 3rd in the bathtub of his apartment, allegedly of a heroin overdose although there is some uncertainty surrounding the exact cause.
12- Amy Winehouse (27)
This photo of Amy Winehouse was taken in London a week before her death. She died at her home on July 23, 2011, with the coroner’s inquest reaching a verdict of accidental alcohol poisoning. Winehouse’s blood alcohol content was more than five times the legal drink-drive limit, with the unintended consequences of such potentially fatal levels being her sudden death.
13- Jimi Hendrix (27)
This photo of Jimi Hendrix was taken a day before his death by his girlfriend. Hendrix died on September 18, 1970, from 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.
14- Albert Einstein (76)
Here’s a photo of the legendary scientist taken shortly before his death. He passed away in April 1955 at Princeton, the cause of death being an aneurismal rupture.
15- David Bowie (69)
Here’s Bowie 3 days before his death. The British musician passed away on January 10, 2016, after a long battle against liver cancer.
16- Tupac Shakur (25)
Here’s the last known photo of Tupac Shakur, sitting next to his manager, Suge Knight. On September 13, 1996, he was killed in a drive-by shooting.
17- Vladimir Lenin (53)
This is the last known photo of Vladimir Lenin, taken in May 1923 (his sister Anna on the left, his doctor on the right). He had suffered three strokes by this time and was completely mute. He passed away on January 21st, 1924 aged 53.
18- Elvis Presley (42)
This photo of Elvis Presley was taken in the early hours of August 16th, 1977 having just visited the dentist. Later that day Presley had a heart attack and died in his bathroom.
19- James Dean (24)
This is the last known photo of James Dean – at a gas station 9 days before he passed away. The iconic actor died in a car accident.
20- Robin Williams (63)
This photo of Robin Williams with his monkey, Crystal, was posted to his Instagram on his birthday, 20 days before he died.
A few days later, he posted a second photo to wish his daughter ‘Happy Birthday’ – two weeks before he passed away.
Robin Williams suffered from Lewy body dementia, a condition that prevented him from living a ‘normal’ life. His subsequent depression and increasing paranoia meant he no longer wanted to be a burden on his family and our favorite funny man finally decided to take his own life.