Seeing them in films or on stage or in the newspapers, it is easy to think that famous people are immortal. The glamour that surrounds them can make it seem like nothing could ever touch them, but this is just an illusion because, underneath the layers, they are as vulnerable as any of us. As a tribute to some of these iconic figures, we have assembled this collection of last known photographs of some of the most famous people ever lived.
1. Robin Williams
This photo of Robin Williams and his monkey (yes, he had a monkey named Crystal) was posted on his Instagram profile on his birthday, only 20 days before he died. Robin Williams was misdiagnosed as having Parkinson’s Disease but the truth was that he actually suffered a kind of dementia that caused a severe paranoia. He had committed suicide by at the age of 63 by hanging himself.
2. Freddie Mercury
3. Chester Bennington
Looking back at this photo of smiling Chester Bennington, that was taken just days before taking his own life you could never guess that the suicidal thoughts are there. The lead singer of Linkin Park had always talked openly about his struggles with addiction and depression, but even those closest to him were shocked by his suicide.
4. Marilyn Monroe
This photo of Carrie Fisher was taken by a fan in London the day before boarding a flight to Los Angeles. On board the flight she suffered a heart attack and passed away in hospital four days later.