Freddie Mercury cried like a child in his final letter to pal Elton John.
FREDDIE MERCURY surprised Sir Elton John with a heartfelt present on Christmas Day, the day after he died.
On November 24, 1991, the world lost Queen’s lead vocalist Freddie Mercury to AIDS.
For many, his legacy will live on in perpetuity, but Sir Elton John’s legacy will be remembered for a very different reason.
When a friend came to my door and handed me something wrapped in a pillowcase, I was in a bad mood.
Elton John is a British singer-songwriter.
In his memoir, the Tiny Dancer songwriter described how heartbreaking it was to watch his friend deteriorate in front of his eyes as the disease ravaged his body.
Freddie died at home just 24 hours after informing his millions of fans around the world that he was suffering from AIDS.
Only his closest friends and family were aware of his illness, including Elton, whom he informed in his final days and weeks.
Despite his failing health, Freddie wanted to spend time with his friend in his final days.
Following his death, Elton was surprised with a Christmas present from beyond the grave, among others.
When the singer received a knock on the door while still in mourning, he was taken aback.
“By all rights, Freddie should have focused solely on his own comfort during his final days.
He wasn’t like that, though.
“He truly lived for others,” he wrote in his autobiography, Me.
“Freddie died on November 24, 1991, and I was still grieving weeks later.
I discovered on Christmas Day that Freddie had left me one last testament to his selflessness.”
“I was moping around when a friend came knocking on my door and handed me something wrapped in a pillowcase,” he continued.
When I opened it, I discovered a painting by Henry Scott Tuke, a British painter who is one of my favorite artists.
There was also a note from Freddie on the front.
“Freddie and I had created drag-queen alter egos for each other years before.”
He was Melina and I was Sharon.
‘Dear Sharon, I thought you’d enjoy this,’ Freddie wrote in his note.
Melina, I adore you.
“At the time, I was 44 years old and crying like a child,” he said.
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