Freddie Mercury’s daring final act by the guy by his side to the end, ‘It brought him peace.’
FREDDIE MERCURY confronted death like he had confronted life: courageously and squarely. Those who were with him in the days leading up to his death described his final brave acts. “It gave him tranquility at long last.” “I’d never seen him that relaxed before.” One of the greatest stars of all time was slowly losing his battle with an unbelievably terrible sickness thirty years ago today. Those close to the celebrity had been assured he could survive a few more days at his final doctor’s visit, but he went unconscious on Saturday, November 23, 1991, and died about 7 p.m. the following evening. One of Freddie’s closest friends believes that his bold acts a few days ago provided him the courage to let go. “He seemed to be at ease.” He was all set.” After returning from Switzerland earlier that month, the Queen star decided to stop taking his HIV meds. He continued to take the medications that he needed.
It may seem surprising that his Queen bandmates and family did not speak of his final days, but they were not part of the inner circle that looked after the star 24 hours a day, 7 days a week till he died.
Only his companion Jim Hutton, ex-boyfriend Joe Fanelli, and Peter Freestone, who all lived in his West Kensington mansion, as well as his ex-girlfriend Mary Austin and close friend Dave Clarke, saw Freddie. They made certain he was never, ever left alone, whether he was awake or asleep.
Peter recalled those final days and Freddie’s final act of bravery in his biography in an exclusive conversation with The Express.
“On Thursday (November 21), Freddie requested that we call Jim Beach (Queen’s manager), and then informed us that he had arranged for Jim to come over and meet him,” Peter explained. Because of Freddie’s general condition, we assumed it was for something terrible….
“Jim arrived at ten o’clock in the morning and immediately walked up to Freddie’s room. Joe went over to them at one point and offered them some much-needed refreshments.
“Around three-thirty, after a five-and-a-half-hour meeting that demonstrated that Freddie was still capable of reasonable thought, Jim Beach came downstairs and informed us of the general content of the. “Brinkwire Summary News.”