Haunting Photos Of People Just Before They Died

Published May 27, 2015
Updated June 22, 2020

In the back of our minds, we know we're going to die. But what does it look like just before it happens? These death photos reveal how mundane the end can look.

Somewhere in the back of our minds, we all know we’re going to die. Even further back in our minds, we have a vague understanding that death can happen to us at any moment, though the millions of moments that have already passed without incident may give us false optimism.

Surely, we think, we’ll have at least a few seconds of warning before the end comes. Maybe even days, weeks, or months? It can’t be the case that I woke up this morning for the last time, and that the end for me is scheduled for this afternoon, can it?

This is a natural way to think about the issue and it’s a fair bet that the people in these pictures probably thought the same thing, right up until the unimaginable happened. In an increasingly photographed world, it is inevitable that some people’s last normal moments will be captured, giving a ghostly tribute to how normal everything can be… right up until the end:

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Richard Stockton
Richard Stockton is a freelance science and technology writer from Sacramento, California.