In his autobiography 'Me' Elton John reveals many secrets and untold stories concerning celebrities he met in his career.
John writes about visiting Freddie Mercury while the Queen frontman was dying in the early '90s:
“He was too frail to get out of bed, he was losing his sight, his body was covered in Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions, and yet he was still definitely Freddie, gossiping away, completely outrageous: ‘Have you heard Mrs Bowie’s new record [Tin Machine II], dear? What does she think she’s doing?’”
When Freddie Mercury tragically died in 1991 due to complications from AIDS, Elton was devastated. He received one last gift from the Queen's frontman and even then Mercury's humour showed up:
“I was moping about when a friend showed up at my door and handed me something wrapped in a pillowcase,” he wrote. ''I opened it up, and inside was a painting by one of my favourite artists, the British painter Henry Scott Tuke. And there was a note on the front from Freddie'.
“Freddie's note read, ‘Dear Sharon, I thought you'd like this. Love, Melina. Happy Christmas.’
I was overcome, 44 years old at the time, crying like a child.''
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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