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.
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.