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happy christmas
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coming
concerned
concerned
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flamboyant
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exactly
end
end
find me
find me
because
because
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november
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the end
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dying
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present
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freddie
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find
always
always
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that moment
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like
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alter
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read
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note
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person
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story
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door
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disease
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remember
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in death
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Freddie didn't announce publicly that he had AIDS until the day before he died in 1991 Although he was flamboyant onstage-an electric front man on par with Bowie and Jagger-he was an intensely private man offstage But Freddie told me he had AIDS soon after he was diagnosed in 1987I was devastated I'd seen what the disease had done to so many of my other friends I knew exactly what it was going to do to Freddie As did he 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 As Freddie deteriorated in the late 1980s and early '90s it was almost too much to bear It broke my heart to see this absolute light unto the world ravaged by AIDS By the end his body was covered with Kaposi's sarcoma lesions He was almost blind He was too wealk to even stand By all rights Freddie should have spent those final days concerned only with his own comfort But that wasn't who he was He truly lived for others Freddie had passed on November 24 1991 and weelks after the funeral I was still grieving On Christmas Day I learned that Freddie had left me one final testament to his selflessness I was moping about when a friend showed up at my door and handed me something wrapped in a pillowcase I opened it up and inside was a painting by one of my favorite artists the British painter Henry Scott Tuke And there was a note from Freddie Years before Freddie and I had developed pet names for each other our drag-queen alter egos I was Sharon and he was Melina Freddie's note read Dear Sharon thought you'd like this Love Melina Happy Christmas I was overcome forty-four years old at the time crying like a child Here was this beautiful man dying from AIDS and in his final days he had somehow managed to find me a lovely Christmas present As sad as that moment was it's often the one I think about when I remember Freddie because it captures the character of the man In death he reminded me of what made him so special in life -Sir Elton John Love is the Cure On Life Loss and the End ofAIDS soundsof71 Elton John on Freddie Mercury I’m not posting this less to correct the timeline portrayed in Bohemian Rhapsody which I mostly really enjoyed than simply to share a beautiful story that shines light on who Freddie actually was up to the very end Meme

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