JFK Jr.’s Life in Photos, 20 Years After Tragic Death

Tragedy struck 20 years ago on Tuesday when a single-engine plane crashed into the waters off Martha’s Vineyard, killing John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister.

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John F. Kennedy, Jr (Photo by Brownie Harris/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
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American politician and President-Elect John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) & his wife, soon-to-be First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) arrive from hospital at their Georgetown home with their newborn son, John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960 - 1999), Washington DC, December 10, 1960. (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
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10th December 1960: Jackie Kennedy (1929 - 1994), the wife of the American President-Elect John F Kennedy with her son John Kennedy Jr (1960 - 1999). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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(Original Caption) Caroline Kennedy kisses her new brother, John F. Kennedy, Jr., in this picture made during the Kennedys' pre-inaugural stay in Palm Beach, Florida. It is one of a series of pictures released today by the White House.
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John F. Kennedy Jr. mischievously leans out of his baby carriage and reaches for the family's pet, Charlie. The picture was taken while Mrs. Kennedy was leading the Empress Farha of Iran on a tour of the White House grounds.
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192021 01: John Kennedy Jr. playing in the Oval Office at the White House, Washington, DC, October 15, 1963. (Photo by Liaison Agency)
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(Original Caption) The White House released this picture showing President Kennedy watching his 18-month-old son, John Jr., prancing about in the Chief Executive's office. Members of the staff said John Jr. emerged from his crawling stage about two weeks ago and began walking.
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John F. Kennedy Jr., who turns three today, salutes as the casket of his father, the late President John F. Kennedy, is carried from St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, DC.
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Jacqueline Kennedy, with John Jr. and Caroline, leaves the White House for a service at the Capitol honoring her slain husband, President John F. Kennedy. Behind the first lady is Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Actor and Kennedy relative Peter Lawford is at the far left. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
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15th May 1965: John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960 - 1999) attends the inauguration of a memorial to his father John F. Kennedy in Runnymede, Surrey, nearly eighteen months after the former president's assassination. (Photo by Michael Stroud/Express/Getty Images)
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John F Kennedy Jr (1960 - 1999) takes a dislike to photographer Albert McCabe in Green Park. London, 13th May 1965. (Photo by Albert McCabe/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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John F. Kennedy Jr. during John F. Kennedy Jr. Sighting in New York City - January 1, 1969 in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Caroline Kennedy & John F. Kennedy, Jr. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1970s: John F. Kennedy Jr. circa 1970s in New York City. (Photo by Images Press/IMAGES/Getty Images)
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John F. Kennedy Jr. and Meg Azzoni during 6th Annual RFK Tennis Tournament Party at Rainbow Room in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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John F. Kennedy, Jr. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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NEW YORK - CIRCA 1976: John F Kennedy Jr circa 1976 in New York. (Photo by Images/Getty Images)
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John F. Kennedy Jr. chats with a classmate at his graduation ceremony at Brown University, where he received a Bachelors of Arts in History.
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American magazine publisher and Kennedy heir John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960 - 1999) with his girlfriend, actress Christina Haag sit in a taxi as they arrive at Madison Square Garden for Madonna's benefit performance for amFAR, New York, New York, July 11, 1987. (Photo by David McGough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
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John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960 - 1999) looks out to sea while walking with his dog along the beach in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, the day after his grandmother Rose Kennedy's death, 1/24/95. (Photo by Stephen Rose/Getty Images)
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John F. Kennedy, Jr (1960 ? 1999), circa 1996. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
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John F. Kennedy Jr. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
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John F. Kennedy Jr. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960 - 1999) with his wife Carolyn after Michael Kennedy's funeral, Massachusetts, 1/3/98. (Photo by Stephen Rose/Getty Images)
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John F. Kennedy Jr. Gets Out Of A Truck With His Pet Dog "Friday," December 30, 1996 At A Montana Airport. (Photo By Anne Sherwood/Getty Images)
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