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Freddie Mercury - 30 Years

The great Freddie Mercury died of AIDS on this day in 1991, at the young age of forty-fiveA dazzling showman and enormously talented songwriter and singer with Queen, he has left an colossal impact on music and on the lives of his fans. With his soaring four-octave voice and imperious live performances, Freddie Mercury was an elemental part of Queen's unique sound. 

Peter Freestone was Freddie Mercury’s Personal Assistant for the last 12 years of his life. In his intimate memoir, entitled Freddie Mercury, which was first published by Omnibus Press in 2001, Peter Freestone paints a touching portrait of the man.
“I was chief cook and bottle washer, waiter, butler, valet, secretary, amanuensis, cleaner, baby-sitter… and agony aunt,” he writes. “I shopped for him both at supermarkets and art markets, I travelled the world with him, I was with him at the highs and came through the lows with him. I saw the creative juices flow and I also saw the frustration when life wasn’t going well. I acted as his bodyguard when needed and in the end, of course, I was one of his nurses."

Peter Freestone lived with Mercury in London, Munich and New York, and he was with him when he died...

'The day of the funeral, I felt that my whole world had stopped. For years Freddie and I had lived in each other’s pockets and so I felt that a part of me had died too.'

Not only an important musician, but a man who loved by those around him. RIP Freddie Mercury.

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