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Last photos of those who created history

Salma Rehman | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:47 IST

What does one carry as memorabilia for the people one admires or adores after they leave this world? How does one remember the most feared faces in history after they are long gone?

May be their last known words... their last known actions... or their last known photograph.

Here are some photos of people we have read, seen, heard much of. And yet, their last moments photographed before death are nothing short of stirring.

1.Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. during one of his final interviews.

2. Franklin Delano Roosevelt


The last photograph of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) before dying three months into his fourth term.

3.John F. Kennedy


John F. Kennedy as his motorcade toured downtown Dallas.

4.Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi

One of last known photos of Former Indian Prime Minister from her visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984.Gandhi visited the Temple after Operation Blue Star executed where Sikh separatists confronted Indian troops.(Photo: Associated Press)

5.Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Accounts of Abraham Lincoln's last photograph are varied. This picture was taken before his assassination in 1865 and was found in General Ulysses S. Grant's photo album.(Photo: ebaumsworld)

6. Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe visited Frank Sinatra and Buddy Greco the weekend before her death on August 5, 1962.(Photo: WENN)

7. Elbert Einstein

Elbert Einstien

Albert Einstein poses for a photograph in March of 1955 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. A month later he died from an aortic aneurysm.(Photo:ebaumsworld)

8. Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson rehearsing for his sold out show at the Los Angeles Staples Center two days before his death.

9. Ronald Reagen


Ronald Reagan with his wife Nancy. He passed away after fighting alzheimer's for nearly a decade.

10. Adolf Hitler


This photo of Hitler was taken approximately two days prior to his death. He was standing outside of his Berlin bunker, surveying the damage a bomb had done.(Photo: ebaumsworld)

11. Margeret Thatcher

Margeret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke.

12. Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi

Last photo of Rajiv Gandhi before the bomb blast in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

13. Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin's last known photo. He had three strokes at this point and was completely mute, 1923.

14.Princess Diana

Princess Diana

Princess Diana is in the back seat here, looking back at the paparazzi. Seconds after this picture was taken, the Mercedes she was in crashed.(Photo: ebaumsworld)

15.Bob Marley

Bob marley

Bob Marley hangs out with his family in Munich, Germany, before he passed away due to cancer on May 11, 1981.(Photo: ebaumsworld)

16.Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs days before succumbing to pancreatic cancer after a fight that spanned several years.

16.Amy Winehouse

Amy winehouse

A week before Amy Winehouse's death on July 23, 2011, she was spotted walking near her home in North London.(Photo: ebaumsworld)

17.Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto

In the last known photo of Benazir Bhutto the Pakistani politician can be seen standing in the sunroof of her bullet proof vehicle waving at the crowd. Seconds after this photo was taken a gunman fired shots at her and a bomb detonated next to the vehicle killing at least 20 people. Bhutto was critically wounded and rushed to the hospital where she died in surgery a few hours later.

18.Robin Williams

Rob Williams

Robin Williams at a party the day before taking his own life. His doctors believe that suffering from the condition of "diffuse lewy body dementia" was a critical factor in his suicide.(Photo: Brent/NPG.com

First published: 19 August 2015, 7:07 IST