Twitter

New famous last words

Social media captures the vibrancy -- and also fragility -- of life. A look at some well-known final tweets

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    Justin Hoch via Flickr photo stream

    Tim Hetherington

    Photographer Hetherington was killed by mortar shells fired by Libyan forces while covering the 2011 Libyan civil war.

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    Wikipedia/Greg Hildebrand
    Wheldon died in a crash at the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship not long after sending this tweet.

    Dan Wheldon

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    Reuters/Brendan McDermid

    Andrew Breitbart

    Political bomb-thrower Breitbart collapsed on a sidewalk in Brentwood, Calif., not long after sending this final tweet.

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    Frank Ryan

    A famous plastic surgeon, Ryan tweeted this photo moments before he died in a car crash.

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    Ryan Dunn and Jessica Chobot in "Proving Ground"

    Ryan Dunn

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    Photo of Jones from an ad for the Monkee's 1965 record "What Are We Going to Do?" "This Bouquet"

    Davy Jones

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    Infomercial star Mays on the set of a commercial for Arm & Hammer baking soda

    Billy Mays

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    AP/Christof Stache
    Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen

    Clarence Clemons

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    Elizabeth Taylor in "Butterfield 8"

    Elizabeth Taylor

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    AP/Nick Wass

    Chuck Brown

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    "DJ AM" Goldstein performs in Los Angeles on May 14, 2009

    Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM