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Sailor in famous Times Square kissing photo dies at 95

By Krisinda Merhi February 19, 2019

We’re not crying! 

You don't have to know much about history to know this iconic photo: 

An elated sailor kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II.

Taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, the pic was first published in Life magazine and is called "V-J Day in Times Square," but is more commonly known as "The Kiss.”

The two strangers, George Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman, has never met. 

But now, almost 73 years after the photo was taken, the sailor in the shot - George - has died.

According to The Providence Journal, George fell and had a seizure at his assisted living facility where he lived with his wife of 70 years (no, not the nurse in the pic). 

He served as a destroyer during the war and was on leave when the end of the war was announced.

It was years before George was confirmed as the sailor in the famous photo, but when he was honoured at the Rhode Island State House in 2015, he spoke about the kiss.

“I saw what those nurses did that day and now back in Times Square the war ends, a few drinks, so I grabbed the nurse,” Mendonsa said to WPRI-TV at the time

George passed away just two days before his 96th birthday. 

Images: Getty / Alfred Eisenstaedt.