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Freddie Mercury performed to huge arenas of people, singing his incredible songs with his band Queen. He did, however, like to keep his personal life private, even until his death. His diagnosis was not shared long before his death – but what were his last words?
Peter Freestone, Freddie’s former PA, told Express Online about their very last moments together, and his final words to him.
Peter said: “The final time I saw him he took my hand and said ‘thank you.’ I didn’t know if he had decided that was it, he was going, there was nothing to stay alive for.
“I don’t know if he was thanking me for everything over the twelve years or just for that last shift.
“I suppose it doesn’t really matter. But the last time I saw him he was relaxed and prepared.”
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“We all knew it could not be too long, but Freddie’s doctor had said that he could be with us for quite a few days longer.
“I tend to feel that Freddie had decided he had had enough and it was time to go under his own terms.”
On the day of his death, November 21, 1991, the singer was surrounded by Mary Austin, his former girlfriend and close confidante, and his friend Dave Clark.
Jim Hutton, Freddie’s partner, came by the bed on the evening of November 23, when the star slipped into a coma, and Dave was at his bedside on the day he died.
Mary was the one who made the call to his parents and sister to let them know of his death, according to reports.
It was also reported Freddie was wearing the wedding band he had been given by Jim when he died, which would suggest the strength of their relationship when he died.
His death came as a surprise to fans, as it took place only 24 hours after Queen’s manager Jim Beach had made the public statement which confirmed Freddie’s diagnosis of HIV and AIDS.
His cause of death, as was stated on his death certificate, was bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS, and he died at his home in Kensington on November 24, 1991.
He also left the responsibility of burying his remains to Mary, who buried them in an undisclosed location which it is believed is only known by her.
With that being said, it is only money which was bequeathed, and property, given many of his possessions were destroyed.
Speaking with Express.co.uk, Joanna Espin, Curator of The Postal Museum which has Freddie’s stamp album, said: “When Freddie Mercury passed away, a lot of his belongings were burnt in accordance with his family’s religious beliefs.
“One of the reasons we think this [album] wasn’t destroyed upon Freddie’s death was because the stamps had originally come from his father.”
Freddie’s father Bomi had built up a stamp collection in Zanzibar, which the singer then began to work on as a young boy.
Joanna added: “The way he put the album together is quite different from a classic, traditional stamp album because it was more about the colours and the patterns and the shapes.
“His perspective on things is different from an early age, so he isn’t just following the usual, ‘I’ll put that in a stamp album’.”
The Bulsara family are believed to have followed the Zoroastrianism religion.
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