LIFE: 45th Anniversary of RFK's Assassination

Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was gunned down on June 5th, 1968 by a Jerusalem-born Palestinian Christian, Sirhan Sirhan, in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

<div class="image-meta"><div class="credit">Bill Eppridge&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images</div><div class="description"><b>Caption from LIFE.</b> "Rigid, semiconscious, his face an ashen mask, Senator Kennedy lies in a pool of his own blood on the concrete floor, a bullet deep in his brain and another in his neck. Juan Romero, a busboy whose hand Kennedy had shaken before the shots, tried to comfort him."</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div>
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Bill Eppridge—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Caption from LIFE. "Rigid, semiconscious, his face an ashen mask, Senator Kennedy lies in a pool of his own blood on the concrete floor, a bullet deep in his brain and another in his neck. Juan Romero, a busboy whose hand Kennedy had shaken before the shots, tried to comfort him."
 
<div class="credit">Bill Eppridge&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images</div><div class="description"><b>Not published in LIFE.</b> Sen. Robert Kennedy campaigns, June 1968</div><br><br>
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Bill Eppridge—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Not published in LIFE. Sen. Robert Kennedy campaigns, June 1968


<div class="image-meta"><div class="credit">Bill Eppridge&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images</div><div class="description"><b>Not published in LIFE.</b> Sen. Robert Kennedy gives a speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles before his assassination, June 1968.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div>
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Bill Eppridge—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Not published in LIFE. Sen. Robert Kennedy gives a speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles before his assassination, June 1968.
 
<div class="image-meta"><div class="credit">Bill Eppridge&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images</div><div class="description"><b>Not published in LIFE.</b> Heading for his victory speech in the Ambassador Hotel ballroom, Robert Kennedy stops in the kitchen to shake hands.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div>
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Bill Eppridge—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Not published in LIFE. Heading for his victory speech in the Ambassador Hotel ballroom, Robert Kennedy stops in the kitchen to shake hands.
 
<div class="image-meta"><div class="credit">Bill Eppridge&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images</div><div class="description"><b>Not published in LIFE.</b> A mortally wounded Robert Kennedy on the floor of the kitchen at the Ambassador Hotel, June 1968.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div>
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Bill Eppridge—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Not published in LIFE. A mortally wounded Robert Kennedy on the floor of the kitchen at the Ambassador Hotel, June 1968.
 
<div class="image-meta"><div class="credit">Bill Eppridge&mdash;Time &amp; Life Pictures/Getty Images</div><div class="description"><b>Caption from LIFE.</b> "Mrs. Robert Kennedy, who had been walking with the senator, crouched over her dying husband, whispering to him as he lay on the floor. Beside her, waiting for the ambulance attendants to arrive, knelt her sister-in-law, Mrs. Stephen Smith and Dr. Ross Miller."</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div>
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Bill Eppridge—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Caption from LIFE. "Mrs. Robert Kennedy, who had been walking with the senator, crouched over her dying husband, whispering to him as he lay on the floor. Beside her, waiting for the ambulance attendants to arrive, knelt her sister-in-law, Mrs. Stephen Smith and Dr. Ross Miller."
 

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