People claim that the most important moment in a person's life is the moment of death. While it's almost impossible to take a picture of a person at that moment, there are some famous pictures of people just before they died. The following 21 pictures show famous people just before dying, be it days away or minutes away.
In April 1992, American Adventurer Chris McCandless went into the Alaskan wilds with little food and equipment, hoping to live as simply as possible. He resided in an abandoned bus out in the wilderness and managed to keep it simple until the food was scarce and rescue nowhere near, and he died from starvation. Sean Penn's movie Into The Wild depicts the story of this interesting individual.
On March 9, 1997, Christopher George Latore Wallace AKA The Notorious B.I.G. (and other monikers) was shot four times by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting. This photo with fellow rapper P Diddy was taken an hour before Wallace's death. The crime was yet to be solved to this day.
As one of the most influential guitarists of the 1960s, Jimi Hendrix was called "the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music." On September 17th, 1970 his girlfriend Monika Dannenman took a few photos of him in her London garden. He died the day after they were taken.
This photo of Marilyn Monroe was taken during a weekend with Buddy Grego and Frank Sinatra, a few days before her death. Marilyn was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood home. Her death was ruled to be a barbiturate overdose, but many detectives doubted this and claimed it might have been murder.
Wing walker Jane Wicker was a very famous performer who used to challenge gravity before her tragic death, during a live act, in 2013. Wicker's last walk followed a loop, so that Wicker was sitting on the wing of the upside down plane. No one knows exactly why the wing banked sharply to the ground, but it did, and Jane died just moments after this picture was taken.
The remarkable photo above shows the Russian daredevil and free runner Pavel Kashin just moments after he lost his balance landing from a backflip off a wall. Kashin died following this 16-story drop.
Lucille was known as the queen of television and was one of the first female TV stars, known for I Love Lucy, the Lucy Show, and many other shows. This photo was taken in 1989 at the last Academy Awards Lucille Ball would attend. She was hospitalized a few days after and passed away shortly after returning home.
James Dean was an American movie heartthrob in the 1950s. He died in a car crash on September 30, 1955, leaving many young women heartbroken. Dean bought the Porsche in which he died only 9 days before the accident, and here you can witness the man and the killing machine.
American foul-mouthed comic and social commentator, Richard Pryor suffered from multiple sclerosis that led to his death from a heart attack in December 2005. In this picture, you can see a very ill Pryor spending time with Eddie Griffin (which was a close friend to him) a few days before his death.
Robert "Bobby" Kennedy, a US Senator and brother to the assassinated President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was gunned down shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, in Los Angeles, California, just five years after his famous brother. The picture shows the look of horror in the dying Kennedy's eyes.
Amelia Earhart's daring round-the-world-flight was interrupted when her Lockheed Electra disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on June 2, 1937. The government concluded that she ran out of fuel, crashed into the water and sank, but many believe there was foul play. Here you can see Amelia packing before leaving for her final trip.
This photo with Kurt Cobain was taken right before Cobain shot himself on April 8, 1994. The Nirvana founder, guitar player and lead singer left a suicide note addressed to his imaginary friend from his childhood, "Boddah" and quoted Neil Young in it - "It's better to burn out than to fade away", which to our regret, he did.
Beloved singer Amy Winehouse died of alcohol abuse leading to respiratory failure. Her battle with addiction saw her through several concerts where she could not perform. Here she was walking along a London street a week before her death in 2011.