They say a picture paints a thousand words but maybe it’s better to say that a picture paints life as we know it. Because it’s a moment that will live on. A moment that probably wouldn’t be repeated again. Take a look at these pictures of people just moments before their passing. It makes one realize how short and valuable life truly is.

John Lennon

He was a legendary musician and member of The Beatles who passed away on the 8th of December, 1980. He was shot and fatally wounded by Mark David Chapman. Lennon was signing autographs outside his apartment building The Dakota, ten minutes after this photograph was taken.

Chapman, who went on to claim that he was inspired by the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye to kill Lennon for his wealth, including his comment that “The Beatles are bigger than Jesus”, can be seen to the right of Lennon in this picture.