Elton John is the last gift from Freddie Mercury
• Elton John about the last gift from Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury was an outstanding musician and singer, who with his performances with the band Queen was fascinated hundreds of thousands of spectators. Mercury died in 1991 at age 45 from pneumonia, which developed as a complication of AIDS in the background.
Life and personality of Freddie so deeply touched so many people, even 26 years after his death, remembered. His close friend Elton John shared the harrowing details of the last days of the life of Freddie Mercury in his book "Love - this healing: About life, the loss and the end of AIDS" (Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS), which was published in 2012. Musician remembered the tragic events that led to Mercury's death, and how he was unselfish and dedicated friend. Even when he fell ill and knew he was dying, Mercury tried to take care of the people he loved.
"Freddy has not publicly stated that he had AIDS, until the day in 1991, which was the penultimate of his life. While on stage, he was like fire, and simply awesome frontman par with Bowie and Jagger, offstage he was very private man. Freddie told me that he had AIDS, shortly after he was diagnosed in 1987. I was devastated. I saw that this disease has wrought with many of my friends. And I knew exactly what she would do with Freddie. Like him. He knew that he was waiting for death, painful death. But Freddie was incredibly brave. He pretended that nothing was happening, went on to perform with Queen continued to be fun, outrageous and incredibly generous man he always was.
In the late 80's and early 90's condition worsened, Freddie, and it was awful. My heart bleeds from the disease has destroyed his light. By the end of his body is covered with sores from Kaposi's sarcoma. He was almost blind. He was too weak to even stand.
In all fairness Freddy would have to spend his last days of worrying about their comfort. But it was not for him. He really lived for the sake of others. Freddie died on November 24, 1991, and even a few weeks after the funeral, I was still terribly grieved.
On Christmas Day, I learned that Freddie left me a last testament to his dedication and generosity. I sadly hanging around the house, when suddenly appeared in the doorway, and a friend of mine handed me something wrapped in a pillowcase. I discovered - it was a picture of my favorite artist, Briton Scott Henry Tuck. There was a note from Freddie. Many years ago, we had come up with each other diminutive names for our alter ego. I was Sharon, and he Melina. The note said: "Dear Sharon, I thought you liked the picture. With love, Melina. Merry Christmas".
I was just broken, I was at that time 44 years old, and I was crying like a baby. This beautiful man dying of AIDS, even in his last days of life had somehow found me a wonderful gift for Christmas. Despite the fact that it was incredibly sad moment, it was his, I remember, when I think about Freddie, because it characterizes him as a person. Even after death, he reminded me of what makes it so special. "