Everyone who is older than 30 remembers the rock band Queen, and many who are younger than that knows them, too, because its sensational lead singer, Freddie Mercury, ruled over the rock 'n roll scenario in the 70s and 80s.
Major hits, such as ‘Don't Stop Me Now,’ ‘Somebody To Love,’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ are still among the best songs to stun the world.
So, when the shocking news of Freddie's passing was announced, it was sad for both fans and colleagues alike.
One of such is music icon Elton John, who after almost three decades still remembers his late friend in the most beautiful way possible.
In Elton's book, Love Is The Cure; On Life, Loss And The End Of AIDS, he provided us all with an insight into Freddie's life.
Freddie, who passed away at the age of 45, began his career in 1969. He was a vibrant member of the A-list rock band ‘Queen.’
He was well-known for being overly dramatic and flamboyant on the stage, but despite all these, Elton claims Freddie was as one of the calmest and most selfless people he ever knew. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987.
“He knew death; agonizing death was coming. But Freddie was incredibly courageous. He kept up appearances, he kept performing with Queen, and he kept being the funny, outrageous and profoundly generous person he had always been."
Freddie, as explained by Elton John, never gave up the fight. He remained passionate for as long as he could, but sadly the worst was inevitable.
By 1991, Freddie was in such a sorry state he almost couldn't be recognized. He finally passed away on November 24 that same year.
It was a trying time for the band, and to Elton as well, but he claimed they found solace in Freddie's amazing gestures.
He also found comfort in the Christmas present that the singer left for him. Elton revealed that some weeks after Freddie’s funeral, he received a package that contained a painting by one of his favorite artists stuffed in a pillowcase.
Inside the package was a note from Freddie addressed to him using pet names they gave each other. Elton was Sharon and Freddie was Melina; their drag-queen alter-ego-inspired nicknames.
Instances like this and his music legacy have kept Freddie's memory alive over the years. 29 years on and he's still celebrated as one of the major rock n' roll stars to have graced the world with his talent.