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Freddie Mercury's joy is unbound in 'unseen' pic of his final Thanksgiving dinner

Mirror logo Mirror 30/11/2019 James Brinsford
a man and a woman sitting on a table: Freddie Mercury is jy unbound in final Thanksgiving pic © Provided by Mirror Freddie Mercury is jy unbound in final Thanksgiving pic

Freddie Mercury was the picture of unbounded joy at his last Thanksgiving dinner before his untimely death. An unearthed photo of the Queen frontman has been shared on Instagram and it showed the singer with his guard down looking happy with life. At the time, the 45-year-old icon was already feeling the effects of the complications from AIDS which would eventually take his life.

Freddie was all smiles though at what would be his last Thanksgiving in 1989 at home at One Garden Lodge, West Kensington in London. Laughing with his American friend Joe Fanelli, who moved into Freddie's home as his chef, Freddie looks far removed from the haunted look that will shock fans just three months later when he is presented with a BRIT Award.

The photo on Instagram is captioned by Freddie's close friend, Peter Freestone, who wrote: "Generally Freddie would use any excuse to have a party. "I remember a few times when there wasn’t a tour that Joe reminded Freddie about Thanksgiving and Freddie would lay on a traditional dinner for friends. "As Freddie was staunchly British, the celebration didn’t have the same gravitas as it does in USA, but he still enjoyed himself."

A further caption on the post asks: "Don't you just love it when Freddie's whole face brightens up with his own brand of contagious laughter all natural and genuinely happy like that?" Speaking to Express Online, former PA and best friend Peter Freestone said: "If someone says the name Freddie Mercury I think of him at home with his friends laughing. I can still hear him.

Freddie Mercury in his pomp © Provided by Mirror Freddie Mercury in his pomp "In public when he laughed he would cover his teeth with his lips or bring up his hand. But at home, he relaxed. He let us see the real him." Freddie would enjoy socialising and celebrating with friends but would often leave the hard work and detail to others so that he could add the finishing touches and then be happy to take some of the credit.

Peter continued: "Friends would come to lunch and a slightly different Freddie Mercury would appear. It was more the real fun person that you would see outside the door but he would put on a matching tracksuit. "He would check the dining room table which was laid, but he might move a glass or fork an inch and say, ‘Darling, I Iaid the table.’ He loved entertaining friends."

a man smiling for the camera: Peter Freestone recalls Freddie Mercury's happiness at his final Thanksgiving © Ken McKay/ITV/REX Peter Freestone recalls Freddie Mercury's happiness at his final Thanksgiving Speaking about the Thanksgiving dinners they enjoyed together, Peter said Freddie would "use any excuse to have a party." He continued: "I remember a few times when there wasn’t a tour that Joe reminded Freddie about Thanksgiving and Freddie would lay on a traditional dinner for friends. "As Freddie was staunchly British, the celebration didn’t have the same gravitas as it does in USA, but he still enjoyed himself."

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