Photo Farewells: The Last Known Photographs Of 27 Icons

Published August 5, 2014
Updated July 22, 2021

Reminding us of our own mortality, these last-known photographs of the world's most iconic figures are not to be missed.

Amelia Earhart's Final Photograph
Alan Rickman's Last Photograph
Challenger Crew
Robin Williams Last Photo
Photo Farewells: The Last Known Photographs Of 27 Icons
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The adage goes that pictures are worth a thousand words -- but could it be that last-known photographs are worth even more?

Even if you consider seeking out these kinds of photos to be a morbid pastime, these last-known photos serve as an apt reminder that even the best and brightest of us are not immune to the inevitable -- and that even perpetrators of unspeakable crimes will see their end.

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Enjoy these photos? Then be sure to check out our story on how photojournalism destroyed Kevin Carter and haunting photographs of people the moment before they died. Finally, read the famous last words of important historical figures.

Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.