Elton John says Freddie Mercury looked ‘terrifying’ during last days

Elton John says Freddie Mercury looked ‘terrifying’ during last days

November 21, 2019

Sir Elton John has opened up about mate Freddie Mercury's final days.

Freddie, who headed up legendary rock band Queen, died nearly 30 years ago aged 45 after a struggle with AIDS.

Now Elton, 72, has revealed to David Walliams and a crowd at London's Eventim Apollo while promoting his new autobiography, that he didn't often see Freddie because he found AIDS "terrifying and he was physically terrifying to look at."

The pair were close mates up until Freddie's death – the Rocketman singer choked up as he told of Freddie's generosity right until the end.

"On Christmas morning," Elton said, "Tony King came round and gave me this pillow case.


"As you read in the book my drag name is Sharon and Freddie was Melina. In the beautiful pillow case was the watercolour painting.

"In the note that went with it said, 'Dear Sharon, I saw this at auction and I thought you would love it. I love you, Malina.'

"It was really moving. He was dying and he still thought of his friends. I still have it on its easel and I still have the pillowcase next to my bed.


"That is the type of person he was. He was so so full of love and life."

Earlier, the hit maker said that if Freddie was scared of dying, he didn't let it show.

"While he was dying he was still buying things at auction," Elton said, "He wasn't thinking about dying at all. He showed no fear to me about dying, no fear or sadness.

"When you went there you had an audience with Freddie."

Freddie's former personal assistant once recalled to Metro Elton's final visit to Freddie.

"We all knew that the end was coming," he said candidly, "I think it was maybe a week before Elton came.

"He had to go to Paris to record so he gave us all his numbers to call him should anything happen.

"But it was within a week that Freddie died the last time he visited. Press were outside the house 24 hours a day and they would question anybody who came to the front door."

He also told of how Elton would manage to see his pal without drawing their attention.

He continued: "What Elton used to do, he would drive himself in his mini and park in the mews behind Garden Lodge."

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