In September 1996 musician Tiny Tim suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized for weeks. At discharge he was told not to continue performing but he ignored the advice. In November of the same year he was scheduled to perform at the Women’s Club of Minneapolis. He had been feeling sick all day but didn’t want to disappoint his fans so he attended the event and performed anyways. After the show he waved and blew kisses to the audience like the end of all his shows but he still didn’t feel good and his wife took his arm and asked if he was all right. He stood there and said the last words he ever spoke, “No, I’m not.”. Tim then collapsed on the stage and would die a short time later at the hospital.
The last known photo of Tiny Tim was taken minutes before he would collapse and die just after his last performance.
This is the last known photo of the Space Shuttle Challenger Crew boarding the space shuttle. Tragedy would strike 73 seconds into launch as the shuttle’s O-ring on it’s right booster failed leading to the separation of the Solid Rocket Booster. Extreme aerodynamic forces then broke up the orbiter. The crew compartment survived the break but the impact with the ocean surface was too violent to be survivable.
The last communication with ground was from Challenger Commander Dick Scobee confirming the call, “Roger, go at throttle up”. 72 seconds into the flight and just before break up there was a sudden lateral acceleration and the last statement captured by crew cabin recorder came when Pilot Michael Smith said “Uh oh”.
The last known photo of Steve Jobs was taken on September 27, 2011 outside of his house. In the photo Steve Jobs is in his wheelchair with his wife Laurene and son Reed by his side. An image of him getting into the wheel chair can be found here
Steve Jobs would lose his fight with cancer a little over a week later on October 5th.source
The Ultimate Warrior born James Brian Hellwig (legally just Warrior) died of an apparent heart attack while walking outside his hotel in Arizona.
The night before dying Warrior made his first appearance on WWE’s Raw in 18 years and gave a speech that Deadspin said was his essentially his own eulogy.
…Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper, and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever.
Just days before his appearance on Raw Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at WrestleMania XXX where according to witnesses he looked somewhat frail, sweating profusely, and breathing heavily”.
The apparent last known photo of the Ultimate Warror was taken by Twitter user @Jamesfspencer at the New Orleans airport the morning that Warrior died.https://31.media.tumblr.com/a897cace1b6d3ff232c38b595247497b/tumblr_n551tuccDG1t5pg9uo1_500.jpghttps://31.media.tumblr.com/a897cace1b6d3ff232c38b595247497b/tumblr_n551tuccDG1t5pg9uo1_500.jpg
Christopher McCandless was an American adventurer who hiked into the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992 with little food and equipment hoping to live in solitude for some time. Nearly four months after entering the wilderness McCandless died of starvation. His story was made famous in Jon Krakauer book Into the Wild and in the movie of the same name based on the book directed by Sean Penn.
On August 12, 1992, McCandless wrote his final words “I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD. GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!” in his diary on the back of a page from Louis L’Amour’s memoir. Afterwards he took the last photo above of him holding up the note.
His body was found September 6, 1992.
The last known photo of Abraham Lincoln was taken by Henry F. Warren on the south balcony of the White house on March 6, 1865. Warren used Tad Lincoln to lure his annoyed dad out to the balcony for the photo. Lincoln would be killed by John Wilkes Booth in the Ford Theater a little over a month later on April 15th, 1865.
On the morning of September 30, 1955 James Dean picked up his new Porshe Spyder that he recently purchased at an autoshop in Hollywood where he was having his car serviced in preparation for a race he was entering Salinas. Since the Porsche had less than the required mileage to enter the race Dean decided to drive the car up himself and was accompanied by mechanic Rolf Wutherich.
Before heading out of town Dean stopped in Sherman Oaks, CA to fill up for gas. The last known photo of Dean was taken here while filling the car up.
On the way up at 3:30pm Dean was given a citation for speeding and afterwards he and Wutherich stopped at Blackwell’s Corner to purchase some apples. Shortly after continuing they approached an intersection near Cholame when 23 year old Donald Turnupseed was making a left turn, unaware of Dean approaching. James Dean saw Turnupseed and tried to swerve out of the way but could not avoid the impact.
Turnupseed walked away with minor injuries, Wutherich was thrown from the car and survived but Dean was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead at 24.
The last known photo of Keith Moon was taken at the cocktail bar Peppermint Park in Covent Garden section of London on the night of September 6th, 1978. It is here that Moon and his girlfriend Annette Walter-Lax had dinner with Paul and Linda McCartney after attending a party for the premier of “The Buddy Holly Story.” After the party Moon and his girlfriend headed home to their rented flat in Mayfair, the same flat that Mama Cass Elliot of The Mamas and The Papas had died of heart failure in 1974.
The next morning around 7:30am Moon awoke after a restless night of sleep watched a movie and had his girlfriend make him a breakfast of steak and eggs. He had been taking tablets of the sedative clomethiazole too alleviate alcohol withdrawal symptoms and had lost track of how many he took during his restless night of sleep. The police would later determine he had taken 32 pills with the digestion of six being enough to cause death.
After the movie he went back to sleep in the bedroom while his girlfriend slept on the couch cause he snored. Around 3:40pm she awoke to a quiet house and found Keith unresponsive. She called the ambulance but they couldn’t do anything to save him.
Four years after a 32 year old Cass Elliot had died in that very same bedroom Keith Moon was also dead at 32.
The last known photo of the RMS Titanic is of the ship leaving Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland on April 12th, 1912 where it had stopped before heading westwards towards New York. Three days after this photo was taken 1,514 people would be dead and the Titanic would be on the bottom of the North Atlantic after colliding with an Iceberg in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
According to Time Magazine this photo was taken by Irish Jesuit priest Francis Browne “who sailed with the ship for the first leg of its journey, from Southampton, England, to Cobh, Ireland, then called Queenstown. And he would have stayed for the remainder of the transatlantic journey, too, having received an offer of a ticket from a wealthy family he befriended while on board. When Browne reached Cobh, however, he received a note from his clerical superior, ordering him to return to his station immediately rather than sail on.”
After disembarking the ship he would carry with him the only photos of the Titantic at sea.
Read more about this photo and see the other photos he took on the Time’s website.