ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
Editor/Senior staff writer | Movie Pilot's celebrity savant.
Karly Rayner

It's a heartbreaking fact that life is fleeting, and these haunting images of beloved celebrities' last moments really hammer this fact home.

The brightest stars often burn out the fastest, and the photos below depict a few of the most dazzling lights in the celebrity galaxy who will always live on in our memories.

Below are the final snapshots of rich and inspirational lives that affected us all in some way. RIP.

Heath Ledger

A smiling Heath Ledger on set of Doctor Panassus. He later died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2008.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams looks drawn as he attends an art event with his wife, Susan Schneider. These snapshots were taken the day before the beloved comic genius committed suicide on August 11, 2014.

James Dean

James Dean's final portrait shows the legendary actor standing alongside the Porsche 550 Spyder that he died in that very day.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe poses happily with her dear friend, jazz pianist Buddy Greco, just five days before her death.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Phillip Seymour Hoffman cuts a lonely figure drinking in an Atlanta bar 3 days before his death of a drug overdose on February 2, 2014.

Cory Monteith

Although it initially looks quite morose, Cory Monteith's final photo shows the 31-year-old Glee actor enjoying a "great meal with good friends" in Vancouver, Canada. He passed away the following day.

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers posed with a fan the night before she entered the hospital that she never left. The 81-year-old comedian died on September 4, 2014 after never awakening from a medically induced coma.

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy posed at her last red carpet event on December 1, 2009. The 32-year-old actress died of a cardiac arrest just over two weeks later.

Tragically, when asked for her plans for 2010 at the same event the photo above was taken, Murphy answered:

As far as having a New Year's resolution, I'd love to have a child next year. I've been very blessed to have a really great loving husband. I spend more time with my family than anyone else in the world

Ryan Dunn

Jackass star Ryan Dunn posted this shot of him drinking with friends on Twitter just hours before he died in a drunk driving accident. He was 34-years-old.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker is pictured in his friend Roger Rodas' Porsche Carrera GT Just moments before his tragic fatal crash.

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