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It has been 30 years since the unforgettable Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness, after the death of legendary rock singer Freddie Mercury.
The Queen frontman died on November 24, 1991 and during the last year of his life, he gave fans an emotional message in the music video for These are the Days of our lives, as well as making one final request in his last days.
The star was diagnosed with HIV in 1987, and talking to his fellow band mates while they were in Montreux, Brian May recalled that Freddie said: "I don’t want to take any action apart from carrying on the way we are.
Speaking in the new documentary, Freddie: The Final Act, which will air on BBC2 this month, Brian also added that Freddie said, "I want to carry on making music for as long as f**king can."
In the years to follow, Queen released albums including The Miracle in 1989 and Innuendo in 1991, but did not tour them like previously.
In February 1990, Freddie joined Queen while collecting a Brit Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to British Music', and while guitarist Brian May spoke on behalf of the band, Freddie briefly closed the speech saying, "Thank you….goodnight".
It was his final public appearance, and during the last year of his life, he also delivered an emotional message to fans in his final music video, These are the Days of our Lives, taken from Queen's 1991 Innuendo album.
With lyrics including, "You can't turn back the clock, you can't turn back the time, ain't that a shame?", the reflective song featured Freddie alongside his Queen band mates in the poignant video.
Then in its final moments, he looks straight at the camera and says, "I still love you," in an emotional final message to his fans.
At his Kensington home, he also lived with close friends and loved ones including long-term partner Jim Hutton, who took one of the last photographs of the singer in the final months of his life.
In his book, Mercury and Me, he talks about the photograph, which features Freddie in a jeans and floral shirt in the garden.
Jim said: "He posed while I took four pictures, and he managed a smile for each.
"He was so pale and drawn that he knew he didn't look his best, but it didn't matter a bit; of all the pictures I have of Freddie, those are the ones I love most."
His close friend and long-time PA Peter Freestone also explained that in the last weeks of his life, Freddie had decided to stop taking his HIV medication, saying on the Ask Phoebe podcast: "I believe he was at peace with himself. Freddie decided to stop his medication on his own terms.
"He knew the consequences of his actions and had the time then to talk with friends and family and say his goodbyes."
During this time, he also had one last request for his loved ones, which was to see his beloved collection of art work for one last time.
Freddie was an avid art collector and since living there from 1985, he had filled his home with art and furniture.
His bodyguard, Terry Giddings, carried Freddie downstairs from his bedroom, and with the support of his loved ones including close friend Dave Clarke, Freddie's last request was granted.
Peter told the Express: "He walked around the sitting room and Japanese room, with one of us supporting him.
"He commented on how and when he had acquired a few of the pieces."
"Of course, there was a quiet atmosphere in the house during those last days, but Freddie remained the Freddie we knew until the end," Peter added.
Peter, David and another close friend Joe Fanelli cared for the star during the last months of his life, and 24 hours before Freddie's death, an announcement was made in the media that he had been diagnosed with HIV.
Then in the early hours of the morning on November 24 1991, Freddie died at the age of 45 from bronchial pneumonia due to AIDS-related complications.
When he died, his ex-girlfriend Mary Austin was also by his bedside holding his hand.
They had always remained close and in his will, Freddie left his house to Mary and asked for her to carry out his wish of scattering his ashes in a secret location.
Mary was also left half of Freddie's estate, along with his £25 million mansion where he had lived until his death, and where Mary continues to live today.
Half of his £75 million estate was given to his parents and sister, while it is also reported that in his will, Freddie left £500,000 to his partner Jim Hutton and money or a house to his closest friends.
After Freddie died, one of the first people to be called was his close friend Elton John, who had also supported the singer during his final days.
Elton, along with stars including David Bowie, Annie Lennox and George Michael paid tribute to Freddie at a star-studded concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992, raising awareness of Aids and money for the Terrance Higgins Trust.
It is the send off and tribute that the band agreed was most fitting, with Roger Taylor saying in the new BBC2 documentary: "Freddie lived for his music and loved his music and he was proud of himself as a musician above everything else."
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