An extraordinary insight has been given into Freddie’s final days. His personal assistant Peter Freestone was with the Queen star for twelve years, until the day he died in 1991. He has a regular blog on the official Freddie Mercury website called ‘Ask Phoebe.” This is a reference to his nickname while working for Freddie at One Garden Lodge. Freestone shares beautiful memories of their final days together, including one of Freddie’s last requests.
Freestone has just posted his latest blog and makes the point that his main intent is to set the record straight when so many other people are claiming to have first-hand knowledge of Freddie and his life.
Freestone pointedly says: “I must also make another apology: to all those people who were around Freddie during those twelve years, 1979-1991, that I was working for him, and I just didn’t see them.
“I must have been walking around blindfolded, as there are so many people out there on the internet who know Freddie so much better than myself. Also, I don’t seem to recognise any of their names.”
One of the most touching parts of his blog describes Freddie’ last few days at home in 1991 after he returned from Switzerland on November 10. He would pass away just two weeks later.
Freestone says: “Freddie was downstairs in Garden Lodge on the 20th November, as he wanted to see some of his artworks for one last time.
“Terry [Freddie’s bodyguard and chauffeur] carried him down the stairs, but 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.”
Freddie died on November 24, but Freestone comments that the singer appeared to have accepted what was happening.
He said: “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…
“He made all his arrangements…I think he just felt and knew it was his time.”
Freestone has been blogging for many years, his latest entry is the 96th and the posts are a treasure trove that gives fans an insight into their idol from someone who was there by Freddie’s side.