This photo of Dean—with mechanic Rolf Wutherich in the passenger's seat—was taken on the morning of September 30, 1955, just hours before the actor's fatal car crash.
Martin Luther King Jr.
The civil rights leader in Memphis, after delivering his last speech, "I've Been to the Mountain Top." He would then return to the Lorraine Motel, where he was assassinated.
With her pianist Buddy Greco several days before her death on August 5, 1962.
On December 8, 1980, signing a copy of "Double Fantasy" for deranged fan Mark David Chapman, who would murder him several hours later.
August 16, 1977, at 12:28 a.m.: Elvis returns to Graceland after a late-night trip to his dentist.
Lunching with girlfriend Pamela Courson at the Hôtel de l'Oise, just north of Paris, a week before his death.
Kim Jong II
At a supermarket in Pyongyang, where North Korea's Supreme Leader made his last public appearance, in 2011.
The great American author left a note by his death bed: "Death, the only immortal, who treats us alike, whose peace and refuge are for all. The soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved."
In costume on set of "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," the film he was shooting when he died.
At his house in Kensington in 1991, a few months before his AIDS-related death.
With Sean Combs, then known as Puff Daddy, a day before his murder.
A few days before her death on July 12, 2011.
Youri Lenquette photographed Cobain two months before his suicide. It was Cobain who brought the gun as a prop for the photo shoot.
Lincoln sat for photographer Henry J. Warren one month before the 16th President was assassinated at Ford's Theatre.
John F. Kennedy
In Dallas, moments before the assassination on November 22, 1963.
Leaving the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Death Row Records owner Suge Knight, just 20 minutes before the rapper was killed in a drive-by shooting..
Posing with his guitar on September 17, 1970, the day before his death from a drug overdose.
Earhart's last known words, as she flew over the Pacific: "KHAQQ: We must be on you but cannot see you. Gas is running low."
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