Life seems all smooth and straight, but in reality, a good life is neither assured nor promised. Living on your own might appear an easy task until you are struck with some sort of tragedy. We sometimes enjoy life so much that we forget we would have to go at a point.

In this piece, we have put together some images that serve as constant reminders of the fact that we will not live forever. For each of these shots, a lasting tragedy was witnessed moments after they were taken. For every celebrity mentioned in this post, these pictures were taken moments before their death. That is, for each picture is an associated tragedy.


Freddy Mercury passed away in 1991, from an AIDS-induced bronchial pneumonia. This shot is the last picture taken of him.


Here is Suge Knight, Tupac Shakur’s manager, sitting with the famous artist, before he died on the 13th of September, from gunshots.


This 1937 picture was taken before Amelia Earhart’s final flight.


This picture shows Adolf Hitler while standing outside his Berlin bunker. He was checking the extent of the damages done by a bomb. He later died approximately two days after the shot was taken.


Though there are various opinions on what Abraham Lincoln’s last photograph looked like, this 1865 picture was taken just before his assassination. It was found in the photo album of General Ulysses S. Grant.


A month prior to the death of Albert Einstein, he posed for a shot at his Princeton home, sometimes around March 1955.


Here is Amy Winehouse strolling around her North London home, a week before her death. She died on July 23, 3011.


The set of ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ was the location of this shot. It shows Health Ledger smiling, even though he later died from painkillers’ overdose.


Taken from a cell phone on June 22, 2007, this picture is the last known image of Chris Benoit. The location was Dr Phil Astin’s office, and Chris’ wife was already dead at the time of the shot.


John Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman. Here is the killer in the last image of the victim, seen asking for an autograph.


Anne Frank poses with her sister, Margot, in early-to-mid 1942. This supposedly last picture of Anne was taken before the discovery and arrest of her family on August 4th, 1994.


In Munich, Germany, Bob Marley is pictured with his family having a good time. He later died of cancer on May 11, 1981.


Elvis Presley and Ginger Alden are shown pulling into Graceland, after a visit to the dentist. The picture was taken on August 16, 1977.


James Dean poses with the “Little Bastard” – a Porsche he owned for 9 days – before his eventual demise. The car was blamed by a lot for his death.


Though he died right after the Soul Train Music Awards, Biggie Smalls posses with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs in this picture, before the awards.


Five days before his death, Jim Morrison is pictured here posing with his girlfriend, Pamela Courson.


Here is Jimi Hendrix and his favorite instrument, “Black Betty”. The picture was taken a day prior to his death.


Keith Moon, the Who drummer, poses at dinner. He later died on September 7, 1978 as a result of overdosing on a drug prescribed to help his alcohol addiction.


Jesse Frohman took these photos of Kurt Cobain, before his death in 1994. Kurt committed suicide.


Taken on the red carpet of the 61st Academy Awards in 1989, this is the last picture taken of Lucille Ball.


On the weekend preceding her death, Marilyn Monroe visited Frank Sinatra and Buddy Greco. She later died on August t, 1962.


Seating on the backseat here is Princess Diana. She was staring at the paparazzi who took her picture. Few seconds later, her Mercedes crashed and she died.


Richard Pryor takes a picture with Eddie Griffin, moments before his demise on December 10, 2005.


Here is Ryan Dunn, the Jackass star, sharing drinks with his pals, hours before being involved in an high-speed crash that claimed his life and that of his passenger.


Steve Irwin was with Chris Jones, a marine biologist, on his boat in 2006. He died two days later.


Steve Jobs finally gave up to the battle with pancreatic cancer. This shot was taken days before he gave up the fight of several years.


Ronald Reagan died of Alzheimer’s, a disease he fought for about ten years. Here he was posing with his wife Nancy in the last taken picture of him.


Philip Seymour Hoffman’s decision to accept a glass of champagne at a wrap party was one that took his life. Though he had been sober for many years, the drink led to a complete relapse. He died of drug overdose.


Here is James Gandolfini on vacation with his family in Rome. The HBO’s ‘The Sopranos’ suffered a fatal heart attack days later.


Paul Walker had just left a charity event to benefit the victims of a typhoon when he died in an auto-crash. He was in his car, driven by Roger Rodas.


Robin Williams is pictured here at a party, the same day he committed suicide. According to his doctors, Robin’s condition of “diffuse Lewy body dementia” was a critical factor in his death.


This picture was taken the night before Joan River’s complicated surgery, one that later claimed his life.


This threatening silhouette of Cory Monteith confirmed to be a dreadful foreshadow of the eventual happening days later.


Weeks before her fatal cardiac arrest, Brittany Murphy is pictured posing on her final red carpet appearance.


Two days before his death, Michael Jackson is pictured practicing for his sold-out show hosted at Los Angeles Staples Center.


Here is Whitney Houston, pictured leaving Tru Hollywood Club.


John F, Kennedy is shown here, while his motorcade made a tour of downtown Dallas.


Kim Jong II pictured with his entourage, including his son and successor, Kim Jong Un.


Martin Luther King Jr. is pictured while granting one of his last interviews.


Prior to their journey to the launch pad, here is the Space Shuttle Challenger crew.


John Candy is pictured on the set of his final film. He never completed the filming before his demise.


This is the last group picture taken of The Beatles.


Dale Earnhardt is pictured moments prior to his last race alive. He crashed into a wall and died in the race.


Aaliyah died in a tragic plane crash. She is pictured here boarding a boat that would later take her and her entourage to the airport, where the plane would take off.


Chris McCandless died of starvation in the Alaskan wilderness. Here is his last self-portrait taken of him. The book and later movie – Into the Wild – was based on his life.


Moments after this shot, Andy Kaufman died of a very rare type of lung cancer.


Here is Mark Twain. His last words, found in a note by his deathbed, read – “Death, the only immortal who treats us all alike, whose pity and whose peace and whose refuge are for all — the soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved.”


Having served as the Prime Minister of the UK from 1979 to 1990, Margaret Thatcher later died from stroke at the age of 87.


This is the last picture taken of Mahatma Gandhi, prior to his assassination.


George Harrison, a member of the group – The Beatles.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) in the last picture taken of him. He later died three months into his fourth term.


Here is the last known picture of the Space Shuttle Challenger Crew. The shot was taken moments before they boarded the space shuttle. 73 seconds into the launch, tragedy struck. The O-ring of the shuttle in its right booster failed. This caused the Solid Rocket Booster to disintegrate. The orbiter later broke due to extreme aerodynamic forces. Though the crew compartment survived the break, the impact with the surface of the ocean was too violent to be able to live through.


Taken moments before his eventual death, this picture shows Tiny Tim. He later collapsed and died just after his last performance.


While taking a walk outside his hotel in Arizona, the Ultimate Warrior born James Brian Hellwig (legally Just Warrior) suffered a fatal clear heart attack.


This picture was the last taken of Jennie Rivera. It was taken on a plane moments before take-off. It was posted to Instagram by Yebale, alongside a caption that read “We getting Back To Mexico City, Jenni Rivera, Arturo, Gigi and Me. Los Amooo!” The plane, which had a history of fuel system issues, later crashed 10 minutes into the air. Everyone was killed.

Taken three days prior to its sinking, here is the last known picture of RMS Titanic. It was pictured leaving Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland on April 12th, 1912, where it had stopped before departing westwards towards New York. 1,514 people died after the ship was found at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. It was said to have collided with an iceberg, and the incident remains one of the greatest peacetime maritime disasters of all time.


Paramahansa Yogananda died while giving a famous speech at a dinner somewhere in Los Angeles. Before his death, he was an Indian guru and yogi. He introduced Kriya Yoga and the power of meditation to the western world, via his book – Autobiography of a Yogi.


This picture was taken on the night of September 26th 1986. It was taken backstage at the Solnahallen Arena in Sweden, and is the last of Cliff Burton.


This photo of George Lincoln Rockwell was taken moments after John Patler shot him dead. Rockwell founded the American Nazi Party and was a major figure in the neo-Nazi movement in the United States. Though he is no more, but his writings and beliefs are indelible among white nationalists and neo-Nazis.


Benazir Bhutto is seen standing in the sunroof of her bulletproof vehicle while waving at the crowd. A few seconds after the shot, a gunman fired shots at her, while a bomb detonated right next to her vehicle, claiming the lives of about 20 people. Bhutto suffered critical wounds from the incident and later died in surgery a few hours later. She was a popular figure in the Pakistani politics.


Here is Leonard Nimoy, an actor in the popular Star Trek, rushing to the hospital with severe chest pains.


This is Vladimir Lenin in his last known picture. In this 1923 picture, he already had three strokes and was entirely mute.


River Phoenix’s last known photo.


Candy Darling with her mother, Theresa in her last picture alive. It was taken at the Cabrini Hospital.


Here is the last known picture of Mitch Lucker and his daughter.


Here is Nicolae Ceausescu in the company of his wife. They were both killed on December 25, 1989 soldiers after being overthrown. Nicolae was the Romania’s last communist leader. He served as the Head of State from 1967 to 1989, and as the General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1967 to 1989.


Here is Nicolae Ceausescu in the company of his wife. They were both killed on December 25, 1989 soldiers after being overthrown. Nicolae was the Romania’s last communist leader. He served as the Head of State from 1967 to 1989, and as the General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1967 to 1989.


Taken before the assassination of Lennon, this picture was taken in 1974 and is the last known photo of Lennon and McCartney together.


Five days prior to his death, precisely on February 22, 2015, veteran actor Leonard Nimoy tweeted “A life is like a garden.” and “Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.


On February 13th, 2013, a day prior to the untimely death of death of Reeva Steenkamp, she tweeted “What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay.” The model was shot to death by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius – an Olympic athlete.


Moments before he committed suicide in August 2014, Robin Williams shared a post on Twitter and Instagram. The post, which was a final message for his daughter read – “Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today, but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday @zeldawilliams Love you!”


Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein. Hip-Hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash provided the source quote for the famous DJ’s last tweet on Aug. 25, 2009: “New York, New York. Big city of dreams, but everything in New York ain’t always what it seems.”


On July 12, 2013, star actor Cory Monteith cracked, “What the crap is Sharknado?” “Oh. IT’S A SHARK TORNADO”. He died the next day from a drug overdose.


74-year-old Dennis Hopper was a veteran actor and a popular one at that. However, his final tweet before his demise showed that fame hadn’t jaded him. He tweeted, on May 4, 2009, “In Japan there’s a 20-foot picture of me endorsing one of my favorite hotels.” “Seeing it is surreal. PS.: Stay there, put food on my table!”


Five days before her demise, 86-year-old renowned poet – Maya Angelou, urged in a message, “Listen to yourself, and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”


Heavy D was a popular rapper. Before his demise on November 8, 2011, he left a simple message in his final tweet, “BE INSPIRED!”

One thing is sure in this life; we will all leave this mortal planet. Though when or where it will happen remains considerably uncertain, the uncertainty will never stop it from happening. While we are still here, let us take time to appreciate our lives. Perhaps, these public figures managed to do the same before their deaths. Kindly click below to share this reminder, as a sign of valuing your existence.

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