The death of infamous and controversial world leaders doesn't usually make for a pretty picture. But the moment is historic nonetheless and has been captured on film for nearly a century.
The White House announced it won't be releasing images of Osama bin Laden's slain body. But take a look back at past death shots of other infamous and controversial leaders.
Here, Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Claretta Petacci, hang on display after being executed by firing squad on April 29, 1945.
In this photograph, Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Communist Party, lies in state.
Lenin suffered several strokes before his death on Jan. 21, 1924, at the age of 53.
His body is still on display in Moscow.
One of the most hated men in history is supposedly shown here, dead, after taking his own life to prevent capture in 1945.
Although not officially confirmed to be Hitler's death photo, the image was widely circulated and is believed to be the dictator.
Joseph Stalin took control of Communist Russia after Lenin's death and ruled throughout WWII.
Stalin died on March 5, 1953, at the age of 74 and was laid to rest next to Lenin in Lenin's mausoleum. His body was later removed from the mausoleum and buried next to the Kremlin.
Bolivian soldiers stand beside the corpse of Argentinian Marxist leader Che Guevara after he was executed on Oct. 10, 1967.
Infamous Spanish military leader General Francisco Franco lies in state on Nov. 23, 1975.
He died from health problems at the age of 82.
Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong is credited with holding authoritarian control of China for nearly three decades.
After his death from various medical complications on Sept. 9, 1976, his body was placed on display in a glass coffin in Tienanmen Square, where it remains to this day.
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was hanged on Dec. 30, 2006, after being found guilty of crimes against humanity.
The Iraqi government videotaped the execution and released it to the public.
The above photograph is a video grab from the Russian NTV television channel.
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