ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
Movie Pilot's celebrity savant
Karly Rayner

It's a great tragedy that life really is fleeting, and these haunting images of beloved celebrities' final moments on this earth starkly hammer this reality home.

Unfortunately, the brightest stars are prone to burning out the fastest, and the photos below depict a few lights in the celebrity galaxy who will always live on in their fans' memories.

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

RIP.

River Phoenix

The final known photo of the late River Phoenix was taken two months before he died of an overdose at Johnny Depp's L.A. nightclub in 1993. He was filming Dark Blood at the time.

Michael Jackson

This is one of the final photos of the King of Pop that was taken during a rehearsal for his sold out London show just two days before his unexpected death shocked the world.

John Candy

The 375 pound maverick comic, John Candy, was filming Wagons East in the stifling heat until 10pm on the day that he died of cardiac arrest in 1994. This the final footage of the star in action.

Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze was last snapped on August 28, 2009 before succumbing to his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Aaliyah

This is the final photo of Aaliyah and her friends and crew before they were all killed in a tragic plane crash in 2001.

Corey Haim

It's not known exactly what the last photo of Corey Haim was, but this poignant final footage shows the star saying he is going "really good" before he died of pneumonia on March 10, 2010.

Heath Ledger

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

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(Source: Time, The Daily Mail, Angel Fire and First to Know)

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