Inside Freddie Mercury’s will – £75m fortune, huge gift to ex and ashes request

He is known for his legendary rock songs which transformed the music industry, with the band releasing the first ever music video for their hit song Bohemian Rhapsody.

And it’s fair to say the Freddie Mercury certainly left his mark on the world with many of Queen’s iconic songs still played all over the globe.

The musician was just 45 when he died of an AIDs-related illness on November 24, 1991 and his devastating passing had a huge effect on the music industry as well as leaving millions of Queen fans heartbroken.

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However, there has been some controversy surrounding his death after the Tanzania native left a large chunk of his wealth to his close friend and snubbed his life partner.

As fans up and down the country mark what would have been his 76th birthday, Daily Star have taken a deep dive inside his controversial will.

His last days

The star was first diagnosed with HIV back in 1987 but decided to keep his diagnosis a secret from his adoring fans as Brian May recalled Freddie saying: “I don’t want to take any action apart from carrying on the way we are.

“I want to carry on making music for as long as I f**king can,” he added, which led the band to releasing two more albums before his death.

Queen released The Miracle in 1989 and Innuendo in 1991 but didn’t take their music on tour like they had before.

In February 1990, Freddie joined the band while collecting a Brit Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Music’, and while Brian spoke on behalf of the band, Freddie closed the speech by saying: “Thank you…goodnight.”

His close friend and long-time personal assistant Peter Freestone previously opened up about the last weeks of his life where the singer decided to stop taking his HIV medication.

On the Ask Phoebe podcast, he told listeners: “I believe he was at peace with himself. Freddie decided to stop taking 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.”

The Queen frontman’s final request in his life was to see his beloved art collection for one last time after being bedbound for a number of months.

The star was an avid art collector since living in his West London mansion in 1985 and filled his home with beautiful art and furniture.

His bodyguard Terry Giddings carried Freddie downstairs from his bedroom and with the support of his loved ones, his last request was granted.

His PA 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, David and another close friend Joe Fanelli cared for the We Will Rock You star during the final months of his life, and 24 hours before his death, an announcement was made to the media about his HIV diagnosis.

Then in the early hours of the morning on November 24, 1991, Freddie died from bronchial pneumonia as his ex-girlfriend Mary Austin held his hand at his bedside.

His best friend

The singer was extremely close to his former girlfriend who he first met in the early 1970s with the duo soon moving in together in their sprawling West Kensington home for many years.

But after a few years, their relationship started to break down as Freddie started an affair with a man behind her back.

In December 1976, the singer opened up about their sexuality, and while it ended their romantic relationship, the pair remained extremely close.

Mercury soon moved out of their flat and into 12 Stafford Terrace, in Kensington, and bought Mary her own place nearby.

He previously described his close pal as his “only friend” in an interview in 1985, adding: “All of my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible.

“The only friend I’ve got is Mary, and I don’t want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage. We believe in each other, that's enough for me.”

The Bohemian Rhapsody singer went on to become the godfather of Mary’s oldest son Richard, and even went on to write songs about her including the hit song Love of My Life.

His life partner

From 1985 until his death in 1991, Freddie had been living with his loving partner Jim Hutton soon after the pair had started dating.

It is understood the pair first met while Jim was working as a hairdresser at a London gay club called Heaven in 1985, he once told The Times.

The Queen frontman offered to buy him a drink but the stylist was already dating someone else at the time and sadly turned him down.

But 18 months later, the pair crossed paths again in a different club and sparks flew as they quickly started a relationship that lasted until his death.

The hairdresser soon moved in to his Kensington mansion where he worked as his gardener in an attempt to keep away from Freddie’s rock and roll lifestyle.

While they never married – as gay marriage was illegal in the UK at the time – the couple liked to show their commitment to each other by wearing a wedding band which the rock star reportedly had on when he died.

When he was first diagnosed with the disease, Freddie reportedly told Jim that he would understand if he wanted to break up and go their separate ways.

According to The Daily Beast, Hutton said: “Don’t be stupid, I'm not going anywhere. I'm here for the long haul.” Jim sadly passed away in 2010 at the age of 60 on New Year's Day after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.

His controversial will

It’s fair to say the singer’s final will and testament caused quite the controversy among his loved ones after his ex-girlfriend Mary too home a large majority of his wealth.

It is unclear how much Freddie had amassed in terms of his fortune by the time of his death, with the amounts only revealed to some of his friends and close allies.

In his will, Freddie asked for Mary to carry out his wish of scattering his ashes in a secret location, which is believed to only be known by her to this day.

She was also left half of his estate, his recording royalties in addition to his £25 million London home where he had lived until his death which she continues to reside in today.

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Many would be forgiven for assuming Jim would also have received a sizable chunk of the singer’s wealth after his passing, and some of which he did.

Half of his £75 million estate was given to his parents and his sister, while it was also reported that the singer left £500,000 to his partner Jim Hutton.

It has also been reported that Freddie left £500,000 to his chef Joe Fanelli, his personal assistant while he left £100,000 to his driver Terry Giddings.


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