Tõenäoliselt sai Freddie diagnoosi kätte 1987. aastal, kaks aastat pärast Live Aid kontserti. Filmis ütleb Freddie enda diagnoosi bändikaaslastele enne kontserti. See oli puhas fiktsioon. Freddie andis viimase intervjuu 1987. aastal. Perekonnale ja sõpradele rääkis ta oma haigusest 1989. aastal. Avalikult tunnistas staar haigust päev enne surma, 1991. aasta 23. novembril.

Freddie partner Jim Hutton tegi staarist paar pilti kolm kuud varem, 28. augustil, nende koduaias. "Sel suvel poseeris Freddie viimast korda kaamerale - minu kaamerale," meenutab Hutton, kes tegelikult oli planeerinud koduaia lilli fotografeerida, kuid ootamatult otsustas Freddie, et ta tahaks ka jääda fotole.

"Ta oli nii kaame ja ta teadis, et ta ei näe kõige parem välja, kuid sellest ta ei hoolinud. Kõikidest fotodest, mis mina olen teinud temast, on need neli minu lemmikud," ütles Hutton pärast oma partneri surma.

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On August 28th 1991, exactly 28 years ago today, Jim Hutton took these photos of Freddie at Garden Lodge 📷...his last ever known photographs 😞 . "That summer Freddie posed for a camera for the very last time - mine. It happened like this. I was out in the garden photographing some of the flowers in full bloom and Freddie walked towards me. I trained the lens on - he wanted to move back a bit so it wasn't a close-up. Then he posed while I took four pictures, and he managed a smile for each. He was so pale and drawn that he knew he didn't look his best, but it didn't matter a bit; of all the pictures I have of Freddie, those are the ones I love most." -Jim Hutton . 👉P.S. Seeing these photos and reading those words by Jim always pains me beyond words... but I share them not to focus on his illness (please don't do that) but to show how he always saw the beauty in every moment and his smile and bravery never waverd.... I love the fact that a cat (who looks like Oscar) is standing next to Freddie and I'd like to think he was having a good time amidst the bloom of the flowers of his beautiful garden...🌸 But most importantly, despite the sadness, I'm still in awe and admiration for Freddie and his superhuman courage to face life head on and muster a smile even through his hardest moments. His smile always stayed on and in that way he even mocked his illness. My hero...💪 This man is a source of inspiration on so many levels and I love him for that... ❤ . #FreddieMercury #lastphoto

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