In most of these cases there was no indication that these famous people would be dead within days if not hours if these photos being taken. In some cases the debauched lifestyle of the icon such as an Amy Winehouse predisposed them to a premature exit to the afterlife whereas for others such as John Lennon their demise was untimely and unpredictable.
Most were sadly mourned including the mass murderer Adolf Hitler but some more than others. Each in their own way left an indelible mark on history.
In the main photo above, John Lennon former Beatle and prolific song writer is shown signing an autograph for Mark David Chapman who is also shown. Chapman who returned a few hours later to Lennon’s apartment, shot and killed Lennon who was returning home with Yoko Ono.
Marilyn Monroe, screen idol and Kennedy’s mistress who had a flirtatious disposition is shown here on a visit with Frank Sinatra and jazz pianist Buddy Geco on the weekend prior to her untimely demise. Conspiracy theories still abound as to the ultimate cause of her death.
James Dean epitomised the gung-ho epoch in American history. His anti-establishment jeans and sun glasses mirrored his love of speed and living life in the fast lane. Dean is pictured here beside his Porsche which he only for nine days before he killed himself in it.
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of America, is rightly revered as the man who abolished slavery in America. He staked his future and that on the Union to have the Amendment to the US Constitution passed at a crucial stage of the Civil War. Many blurry photos claim to be the final photograph but this one has the greatest claim. It was taken two months before his infamous assassination by John Wilkes Booth.
Adolf Hitler, the third most prolific murderer in human history after Mao & Stalin will forever be remembered for the Final Solution. He is shown her outside the so-called Fuhrer’s Bunker underneath the Reich’s Chancellery in Berlin. Two days later he and his long-time mistress, Eva Braun would marry and then commit suicide.
Amy Winehouse the woman with the golden mature voice had been a child prodigy with a rebellious streak. After a bout of sobriety, she resumed drinking. The forensic report attributed to accidental alcohol poisoning.
Ann and Margot Frank
The Frank Sisters, Ann and Margot was immortalised due to the diary that Ann Frank maintained. After their capture by the Nazis, this diary was retained by Miep Gies gave Otto Frank the diary and a bundle of loose notes that she had saved in the hope of returning them to Anne. Otto Frank later commented that he had not realized Anne had kept such an accurate and well-written record of their time in hiding. In his memoir, he described the painful process of reading the diary, recognizing the events described and recalling that he had already heard some of the more amusing episodes read aloud by his daughter. The Frank sister died in a typhus epidemic during March 1945.
Clearly close to death, an emaciated Bob Marley with his family in Munich Germany shortly before losing his long running fight against cancer
Elvis is seen pulling into Graceland with his girlfriend, Ginger Alden. Later that night while on the toilet, Elvis would suffer a major heart attack and die.
The accomplished showman and frontman for the iconic 1970’s faux classical band, Queen was the eccentric Freddie Mercury. An early victim of AIDS he actually died of bronchial pneumonia
Jim Morrison, the lead singer of the Doors, suffered from depression exacerbated by drug use. It is shown here with his girlfriend Pamela Courson five days before his death in Paris.
Jimi is shown above with his beloved guitar, “Black Betty.” This photo was taken on the exact day of his death. Jimi did from asphyxiation from his own vomit.