In gorgeous final photos taken in his garden with his animals, Freddie Mercury smiles.
Just weeks before his death, QUEEN’S FREDDIE MERCURY was snapped smiling in his garden by his boyfriend Jim Hutton. The gorgeous photographs contrast with Freddie’s horrifying final public appearance at the BRIT Awards, which remained Jim’s favorite for the rest of his life.
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the day in August 1991 when a brave Freddie surprised his boyfriend with a nice surprise. The star’s health had deteriorated throughout the year, and he rarely left his bed, but he made an extra effort one lovely summer afternoon at his cherished West Kensington house, One Garden Lodge. Despite his infirmity, he went to the trouble of styling his hair and picking out a gorgeous clothing. It’s a fitting tribute to a star who lived life to the fullest till the very end.
“It’s up to them,” Freddie always answered, when asked how he wanted to be remembered. Who cares about me after I’m dead? “No, I don’t.” He would not have wanted to be remembered as pale and feeble as he appeared at the BRITS in 1990.
Of course, as one of the most dynamic, colorful, and talented stars of all time, his fame and legacy have carried on, and his indomitable spirit shows through in these final photographs of him smiling in the sunshine.
He appears to have one of his devoted feline buddies by his side, which appears to be ideal. Freddie’s death was horribly tragic, yet he was always surrounded by affection.
In 1975, one of the earliest photographs of Freddie taken at home in his much more humble Holland Park garden echoed one of the earliest photographs of Freddie taken at home in his considerably more modest Holland Park garden.
“That summer, Freddie sat for a camera for the very last time – mine,” Hutton writes in his memoirs.
“This is how it went down. I was photographing some of the full-bloom flowers in the garden when Freddie approached me. He wanted to move back a bit, so it wasn’t a close-up, so I trained the lens on him. Then he posed for four photos as I snapped them, and he managed a smile in each.”
“He knew he didn’t look his best since he was so pale and drawn,” Jim said, “but it didn’t matter a jot; of all the images I have of Freddie, those are the ones I love the most.”
The photographs. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”