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Freddie Mercury's assistant claims he stopped taking his medication weeks before his death

The Queen frontman died in 1991 from an Aids-related illness

2019-10-22

Words: Steve Brown

Freddie Mercury’s personal assistant claims the iconic musician stopped taking his medication two weeks before his death because he wanted to be ‘in control’ of the illness.

The legendary Queen frontman died in 1991 from an Aids-related illness and his close friend and personal assistant Peter Freestone has said Mercury knew the disease would eventually kill him.

While appearing on Lorraine today (October 22), Freestone said: “He knew it was coming, this is the thing.

“He decided two weeks before the end he would have no more drugs that were keeping him alive.

“He was in control, although the disease was killing him."

While speaking about his relationship with the Queen frontman, Freestone said he was ‘so warm’ and he would do anything to help his friends.

He continued: “I was working at the Royal Opera House, he performed Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Bohemian Rhapsody. 

“I met him afterwards and said it was absolutely amazing, he was so polite, he was a real gentleman.

“He said he'd seen me at the Opera House. I explained I looked after costumes and that was the end of the conversation, but he was so warm. 

“I've said it before and I will say it forever, he was the kindest, most generous, loyal friend anybody could wish to have. 

“He would do anything for his friends, but the thing is on the other side his friends would do anything for him.”