EXCLUSIVE: Freddie Mercury's close friend reveals BIZARRE detail about Queen ...

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.

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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.


Freddie Mercury: Queen starFreddie Mercury: Queen star was remembered by his close friend Dave Clark (Image: GETTY)

Freddie Mercury: Queen star on stageFreddie Mercury: Queen icon had a Picasso in his bathroom, according to Dave Clark (Image: GETTY)

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In an interview with Express.co.uk, Clark shared his memories of the man he knew away from the lights, cameras and fans.

“He was very artistic,” Clark remembered. “He was quite shy, Freddie was.

“On stage, the bigger the better. He’d play to 100,000 people and he was amazing”

The musician and producer went on to reveal a bizarre yet brilliant detail about Mercury’s taste in decor.

Freddie Mercury: Queen frontmanFreddie Mercury: Queen frontman died on November 24, 1991 (Image: GETTY)

“In private, he was a lovely person, great class, great style, I mean — he had a Picasso in his bathroom!” he said. “It was

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