Freddie Mercury’s death left a gaping hole in the landscape of British rock music in 1991 and devastated Queen fans the world over. The Bohemian Rhapsody singer was diagnosed with AIDS five years before he died but kept news of the diagnosis private until the days prior to his death.
In the last weeks of his life, he was cared for by a close circle of friends, including his ex-lover Mary Austin and his boyfriend Jim Hutton, at his West Kensington mansion, One Garden Lodge.
Shortly before his death, Mercury chose to stop taking medication for his condition, with his PA Peter Freestone later saying he believed the star chose to let go when he did.
The Queen frontman died on November 24, 1991, of bronchopneumonia, a complication due to AIDS.
Dave Clark of The Dave Clark 5 was among those who alternated shifts sitting with Mercury during his final days to ensure he was never alone.
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Clark Clark, who has remastered The Dave Clark Five’s greatest hits from their incredible career for All The Hits, released later the month, also praised the Queen star’s talent and dedication to his performances, saying: “He was amazing to work with.
“He didn’t know how to market. Every take was a performance, like it was 100,000 people. He would bring it all.”
Mercury’s incredible popularity has seen a new surge in the past year or two following the release of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Reflecting on the spike in interest in his late friend’s career, Clark mused: “I have to say, when people ask me, when they got the Oscar, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and all that, ‘What would he have thought?’ He’d be up there smiling. He would love it.”