Pictures Taken Moments Before Disaster
Death is a scary thing but it comes to every one of us one day. A day will come in our lives when we simply stop existing. All our earthly things will remain behind and we will begin our journey on to the eternal express. Death can be swift or it can be slow, depending on the circumstances. Since death can come without informing, there are many pictures that people took just moments before their last breath. Here are some of them.
Up Against The Bull
Spanish bullfighter Victor Barrio did not expect the fight to go as it did. He expected to emerge as a winner against the bull as he did in the previous fight. However, the bull emerged victorious and trampled Victor to death.
Death By Volcano
David Johnston was a famous geologist who was taking readings about the impending eruption of Mt. St. Helens. This was the last picture that he took of himself. The volcano erupted quite unexpectedly and his body was not found even after numerous search parties went looking for it.
Best Friend Gone Crazy
It is one of the most unexpected things when your friends stab you in the back. Something like that happened when Cheyenne Antoine strangled her best friend Brittney Gargol with a belt. The two had returned from a night out and Antoine claimed to remember nothing. She later pleaded guilty of manslaughter in court.
A Serial Death
This is Regina Kay, one of the 50 victims of serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades. The killer took this picture moments before he murdered her. Rhoades was a deranged truck driver who would torture his victims before killing them in the back of his semi-trailer.
Death Of A Kennedy
This is Joseph Kennedy Jr. who was killed in combat during a top-secret mission. He never returned from the mission and was shot down in East-Suffolk. He is one of the many members of the Kennedy family to lay down their lives for the country.
This is a picture of a 14-year old Australian boy who was trying to stow-away in the wheel well of a Japan Airlines airplane. The picture was taken just as the boy fell down from the wheel well, 60 meters to his death, and his the concrete runway.
The Last Feast
The grandmother is showing off the feast that she prepared for the family. However, she did not know that she would be the victim of a heart attack that would be the end of her life. At least she was surrounded by the people that she loved.
When Fame Kills You
This is the last taken picture of Christina Grimmie in a concert before she was killed by an obsessed and deranged fan. This was at the Plaza in Orlando, Florida where she was signing autographs for her fans when she was approached by a fan who was wielding a gun, shot Grimmie and then later killed himself.
Wind And Fire
A wind turbine in Oogen Plaats, Netherlands, was being checked for routine maintenance by four mechanics when the turbine caught fire. The fire started without much warning and blocked the escape route as well. Two men managed to reach the stairs while the other two were trapped up in the turbine. One of them jumped 211 feet to the ground, got killed instantly, while the other was burned to death.
Not Wearing Blue
The people in the picture were planning on going for a hike when their plans were cancelled due to a horrific tragedy. Moments after this picture was taken, a large rock fell on the head of the guy wearing the red shirt, severely damaging his skull and killing him instantly.
People go crazy at festivals but it was this man who took the lead on crazy. At the annual Burning Man festival, he decided to run into the burning effigy without any intoxication. His body was soon taken over by the fire and he was killed in the effigy itself.
Crashed In The Air
This is PSA flight 182 which collided with a smaller aircraft over San Diego. The image was taken mere moments before the airplane hit the ground and all of its 182 passengers died upon impact. Several other people lost their lives in the accident as well.
The Humboldt Broncos team was on their way to the final game in a bus. None of them had expected the bus ride to be anything other than ordinary but all 16 of the players and the support staff lost their lives when the bus collided with a truck on the highway.
Paul Walker is best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious movie franchise. This was the picture that was taken of the movie star right before he was involved in a car accident which led to his death.
Bludgeoned To Death
The person who died was drug lord Carl Williams. He was repeatedly hit in the head with a baseball bat by the man behind him. The reason for the man’s action was an argument that started between him and Carl in the prison yard.
Two-year old James Bulger was the victim of two ten-year old boys who tortured and killed the little baby. The young child was led away from his parents by one of the boys. It is quite a rare thing to see children becoming killers.
Stunt Gone Wrong
This is freestyler Pavil Kishin who was attempting a stunt in an urban parking lot. This was a part of the urban sport parkour. Pavil lost his footing during a backflip and fell 16 storeys to his death.
Death Of John Lennon
This is the last picture taken of John Lennon before he was shot in the doorway of his New York City home. The attacker was angry with the remarks that Lennon made about his band and religion. John was shot on 8th December, 1980 and his killer waited in the doorway until the police came and arrested him.
Death On MH17
This is Gary Slok and his mother. They were two of the many victims of flight MH17, which crash landed into a field. The crash killed all the passengers in the airplane and Slok and his mother were among the casualties of the crash.
Obsessed With Tigers
The man’s name is Maqsood and he was so obsessed with tigers that he jumped the fence of the tiger enclosure at the New Delhi Zoo. He was not prepared for the attack of the tiger and after about 15 minutes of his shouting, the tiger mauled him to death.
Out With A Bang
R. Budd Dwyer was a well known person, but only after his death. He faced multiple allegations of fraud and was just a week away from being sentenced for his crimes. He called a press conference where everyone believed that he would plead innocence. However, he simply pulled out a revolver and killed himself on live television.
Until The Very End
This is a picture that signifies true love and undying commitment. The 100 year old man is comforting his 96 year old wife during her final moments. Moments after this picture was taken, the wife passed away and the husband still held on to her hand, passing away soon after.
The First Responders
The 9/11 attacks were one of the worst acts of terrorism in the United States of America. This man here is Gary Box, one of the first responders heading out to save people after the attacks. The sad thing is that while Gary managed to save many lives that day, he did not return from the mission alive.
The Last Goodbye
The man in the picture suffered from cancer and was saying his goodbyes to his daughter and his son. He knew it was the last time that he would be able to talk to his children and shortly after this picture was taken, he passed away.
Walking Her Down The Aisle
This man did not let cancer come in the way of him walking his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. His name is Mr. Pedro Villarin and his last wish was fulfilled with the help of a stretcher. Sadly, three days after the wedding, he passed away.
Leaving For College
This is a young freshman who was leaving for college. The picture was taken by his younger brother mere hours before the freshman was involved in a car accident that proved to be fatal for him. He was in a car that was hit by a drunk driver.
Until Death Do Us Part
This couple has been together for the last 69 years which made it all the more hard for the man to be with his wife while she was on her last breaths. However, he managed to stay strong and did not leave her side until the very end.
The Thailand Caves
You might remember the day when news across the world had Thai boys trapped in a cave in Thailand after a heavy rain. This is former Thai navy seal and diver Saman Kunan who was among the many divers who tried to rescue the boys. Saman was among the people who never returned from the cave.
Not Letting Cancer Win
This woman was suffering from cancer but she was determined to let the cancer win. She did not let the disease stand in the way of her getting married to the man she loved. However, 18 hours after this wedding picture, she died a happy woman, knowing that she had won even though she had lost.
Death In The Picture
Neither the martyr nor the photographer managed to survive the blast. This was the last picture that she ever took and it is one of the bravest shots in a warzone.
The Last Trip
Tara and Pippa were two sisters from the United Kingdom who decided to go to Morocco for a three-month trip. They were on their way back from their vacation when they were killed in a car crash. They were going back home for their mother’s birthday.
This lady cleaned out her work phone. She deleted everything except this picture of her saying goodbye to her boss. She managed to bring humor even in her last moments and such people are just angels.
One Last Silly Picture
This man was hours away from meeting his maker. It was right before his death that he decided to get a silly picture taken for his family. He had his daughter take this picture just hours before he passed away.
The Warning Pamphlet
This guy was a smoker all his life and he decided to use his last opportunity to warn the others of the consequences of smoking. He held up a pamphlet that his son made years ago. He was in a hospital bed with emphysema and wondered if he had taken heed of the warnings, he might not be in the situation.
The two best friends in the picture did not know that they would be riding together for the last time in this picture. Two weeks after this picture was taken, the two of them were mugged and the guy on the left did not survive the attack after receiving a fatal knife wound to the chest.
Shallow Water Blackout
This picture was taken by a mother of her boy swimming in the shallow part of the pool. Merely five minutes later, he lost his life to the Shallow Water Blackout and was pronounced dead by the paramedics upon their arrival.
This is one of the most famous pictures in the United States of America. The late American president was in the streets of Texas. A few seconds after this picture was taken, the 35th President was shot by an assassin.
Selfies With A Risk
The Russians went crazy with a trend where they would have to take selfies in extremely risky places without getting hurt. This girl is Xenia who got hurt when she fell from the train bridge where she was taking her risky selfie.
A Leap Of Death
When the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11, 2001, this man decided to jump out of one of the towers in order to save himself from the flames and devastation.
This was the last picture that was taken of Princess Diana, moments before a car crash that claimed her life. Ironically, the picture was taken by the paparazzi who was blamed for her death.