Celebrity Photos That Were The Last Known To Be Taken
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It Couldn't Be Done

By Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done But he with a chuckle replied That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that; At least no one ever has done it;" But he took off his coat and he took off his hat And the first thing we knew he'd begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, Without any doubting or quiddit, He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, There are thousands to prophesy failure, There are thousands to point out to you one by one, The dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, Just take off your coat and go to it; Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.
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These stunning photos capture some of history’s most beloved and talented stars just before their final moments. Their names, stories, and contributions will be remembered and admired for generations. While some passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones, others were met with a more untimely and tragic demise. Here are the stories behind the last known photos of some of the world’s most well-known personalities. 


James Dean


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On September 30, 1955, James Dean stopped to fill up his Porsche Super Speedster hours before he was scheduled to compete in automobile race in Southern California. The photo above was captured at the gas station before Dean and his crew hit the road. Tragically, James Dean never showed up for the race. He was killed in a freak accident on the way to the race.



Brittany Murphy


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In the early morning hours of December 20, 2009, the Los Angels Fire Department responded to an emergency call from Murphy’s residence. They found the late actress unresponsive on her bathroom floor. She was later pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital. The frail actress was photographed (above) during a public event several days prior to her death. The photos from that event are the last known photos of Murphy.


Steve Irwin


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The photo above was captured on September 4, 2006. Steve Irwin was filming on location at Batt Reef in Queensland, Australia for the documentary series “Ocean’s Deadliest”. Prior to the photo, Irwin dove into the water and began snorkeling through chest-deep water. He was tragically killed by a stingray in a freak accident.



Marilyn Monroe


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Shortly before her untimely death, Marilyn Monroe was featured in a photo shoot with photographer George Barris. The photos were not released until years after her death, and they remain some of the most naturally beautiful and memorable photos of Monroe’s career. The actress, singer, and entertainer died on August 5, 1962, from an apparent overdose.


Jimi Hendrix


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The guitar legend was on holiday in London with close friend Monika Dannermann, with whom he had been staying during his trip. Monika allegedly captured the photo above of Hendrix the afternoon of September 17 while he was outside having tea in her garden. The next morning on September 18, 1970, Monika found Hendrix in bed unresponsive and unconscious. He was pronounced dead later that day.