Graphic photographs and video footage of the violent death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi, the longest-ruling Arab leader in history, who was executed by a mob of rebel fighters near his hometown of Sirte, shows the magnitude of humiliation the Libyan dictator suffered in his final moments.
Don't shoot, don't shoot, the 69-year-old tyrant desperately pleaded, What did I do to you?
The savage dictator, who ruthlessly killed dissidents during his 42-year reign, died with these last words.
The amateur video footage shows someone among the mob shouting, Keep him alive, keep him alive! But gunshots followed almost instantly.
Gadhafi was taken out of a sewage pipe ... he didn't show any resistance. When we started moving him, he was hit by a bullet in his right arm, and when they put him in a truck, he did not have any other injuries,'' Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said at a news conference, reading from a forensic report.
When the car was moving, it was caught in crossfire between the revolutionaries and Gadhafi forces in which he was hit by a bullet in the head,''Jibril said, reading from the report.
The rebel fighters also recovered Gadhafi's famed golden pistol from the slain leader's body and displayed it to media outlets' cameras.
Gadhafi came to power in a bloodless coup against King Idris in 1969, when he was just an army captain.
Libyan society became increasingly Islamic under the former dictator's rule. His purification laws, put into effect in 1994, punished theft by the amputation of limbs, and fornication and adultery by flogging. The country became one that believed in Islamic Purity. The sale and consumption of alcohol were banned, night clubs were not allowed, and the population had to abide by strict codes of male-female conduct.
Gadhafi claimed to be the King of Kings, after a gathering of tribal leaders granted him the title in 2008. However, the revolution that began in February against his dictatorship evolved into civil war, leading to his ousting from power.
Although Gadhafi will go down in history as a brutal dictator, family photographs that emerged after his Tripoli compound was burnt down in August portray him as an affectionate family man who shared close ties with his second wife Safia Farkash and his eight children.
Gadhafi met Farkash, a former nurse, following the coup in 1969, when he was hospitalized with appendicitis.
Gadhafi had eight biological children, seven of them sons, including Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and Khamis Gadhafi. He was also said to have adopted two children, Hanna and Milad.
Gadhafi's Final Moments: Video