If one holds stock in cliches, then it is true that pictures are worth a thousand words. But when said picture is someone’s last known photograph, that proposed value increases immensely. Naturally, our fascination with celebrity icons and the culture they reflect and create extends to their final images caught on film. Some may consider seeking these photos out to be a morbid pastime, others would see it as a remembrance, but these sorts of photos undoubtedly serve as a reminder of our own mortality; that even the best and brightest of us are not immune to the inevitable. We may try to see some telling truth in their eyes, some lesson to take from their lives.
Below are the final known photographs of several celebrities and well-known figures whose time ran out too soon, whose demons led to unspeakable tragedy, and whose reign of terror ended before they had the opportunity to unleash any more cruelty onto the world.
Last Known Photographs: John Lennon
The final photograph of John Lennon captures the former Beatles front-man signing an autograph for his soon to be killer, Mark David Chapman. Chapman, also pictured, would return to the musician’s apartment a few hours later and shoot him several times as Lennon returned home with wife Yoko Ono.