Artist Uses AI to ‘Resurrect’ Stars Like Diana, John Lennon and Kurt Cobain Who Left Us Too Soon

A photographer has used artificial intelligence to bring stars who left us too soon back to life – creating eerie portraits of Princess Diana, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Freddie Mercury and more.

The haunting and realistic images are the work of Alper Yesiltas, a Turkey-based photographer who created the portraits for a project titled ‘As If Nothing Happened’.

He used artificial intelligence photo enhancement software and photo editing programs to create the images.

“With the development of AI technology, I was excited for a while, thinking ‘everything imaginable can be shown in reality,'” Yesiltas wrote of the project.

The haunting and realistic images are the work of Alper Yesiltas, a photographer based in Turkey, who created the portraits for a project titled ‘As If Nothing Happened’. Princess Diana was killed in Paris aged 36 after the Mercedes-Benz she was driving crashed while being chased by paparazzi in the early hours of August 31, 1997.

“With the development of AI technology, I was excited for a while, thinking ‘everything imaginable can be shown in reality,'” Yesiltas wrote of the project. Rocker Kurt Cobain was found dead on April 5, 1994 at his home in Seattle after shooting himself in the head at the age of 27.

“When I started tinkering with technology, I saw what I could do and thought about what would make me happiest. I wanted to see some of the people I missed in front of me again and that’s This is how this project came about.Beatles singer John Lennon was shot and killed outside The Dakota in New York on December 8, 1980 at the age of 40.

Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury died of bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS on November 24, 1991 at his London home aged 45.

Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury died of bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS on November 24, 1991 at his London home aged 45.

“When I started tinkering with technology, I saw what I could do and thought about what would make me happiest. I wanted to see some of the people I missed in front of me again and that’s how this project was born.

The artist continued, “The hardest part of the creative process for me is making the image feel ‘real’ to me. The moment I love the most is when I think the image in front of me looks very realistic like it was taken by a photographer.

Each of the celebrities featured in the project died at a young age – often in tragic circumstances.

The artist continued, “The hardest part of the creative process for me is making the image feel ‘real’ to me. Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970 at the age of 27

“The moment I love the most is when I think the image in front of me looks very realistic as if it was taken by a photographer,” the artist said. Musician Jimi Hendrix died of a drug overdose on September 18, 1970 at the age of 27

“Behind this project is the question of what people would look like photorealistically if big events hadn't happened to them,” Yesiltas explained.  Actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose on January 22, 2008 at the age of 28.

“Behind this project is the question of what people would look like photorealistically if big events hadn’t happened to them,” Yesiltas explained. Actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose on January 22, 2008 at the age of 28.

Rapper Tupak Shakur died at the age of 25 in Las Vegas from gunshot wounds on September 13, 1996.

Rapper Tupak Shakur died at the age of 25 in Las Vegas from gunshot wounds on September 13, 1996.

Princess Diana was killed in Paris aged 36 after the Mercedes-Benz she was driving crashed while being chased by paparazzi in the early hours of August 31, 1997.

Rocker Kurt Cobain was found dead on April 5, 1994 at his Seattle home after shooting himself in the head at the age of 27.

Beatles singer John Lennon was shot dead in New York on December 8, 1980 at the age of 40.

Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury died of bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS on November 24, 1991 at his London home aged 45.

Rapper Tupak Shakur died at the age of 25 in Las Vegas from gunshot wounds on September 13, 1996.

Actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose on January 22, 2008 at the age of 28.

Musician Jimi Hendrix died of a drug overdose on September 18, 1970 at the age of 27.

Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970 at the age of 27.

Michael Jackson, who began to alter his appearance significantly in the mid-1980s, died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine poisoning at his Los Angeles home on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.

Elvis Presley, who suffered from heart trouble and diabetes, died on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42.

“Behind this project is the question of what people would look like photorealistically if big events hadn’t happened to them,” Yesiltas explained.

Michael Jackson, who began to alter his appearance significantly in the mid-1980s, died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine poisoning at his Los Angeles home on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.

Michael Jackson, who began to alter his appearance significantly in the mid-1980s, died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine poisoning at his Los Angeles home on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.

Elvis Presley, who suffered from heart trouble and diabetes, died on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42

Elvis Presley, who suffered from heart trouble and diabetes, died on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42

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