Queen Fans Believe They've Found Freddie Mercury's Final Resting Place
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.26.2013
They've been looking for a while...
The Mirror reports that Queen fans believe they may have found the final resting place of the band's late singer, Freddie Mercury. Mercury died in 1991 from AIDS at the age of 45.
A memorial plaque was found in Kensal Green Cemetery, West London. It reads: "In Loving Memory of Farrokh Bulsara", adding in French: "Pour Etre Toujours Pres De Toi Avec Tout Mon Amour". This translates to "Always To Be Close To You With All My Love". It is also marked "M". Farrokh Bulsara was Mercury's real name, which he changed after forming Queen in 1971.
Fans believe the "M" could be his ex-lover Mary Austin, who inherited his $10 million home Garden Lodge. His ashes were given to her after his cremation, but she never revealed what she did with them. It's unknown when the plaque was put in place as cemetery workers didn't know the dates and name matched Mercury.
According to the cemetery's website, bronze plaques "can be provided for those whose cremated remains have been strewn in the Scattering Garden".
One fan said: "Everyone knows Freddie was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery in 1991 but it has remained a complete mystery as to where his ashes were finally laid to rest. According to some biographies, his ashes weren't even collected from Kensal Green for well over a year following his cremation. The discovery of this plaque is really exciting and may prove to be a major breakthrough."
Mercury previously referred to Austin as his wife (although he was bisexual). She inherited the majority of his song rights. Queen sold around 300 million albums worldwide and had several hit singes including "Bohemian Rhapsody". Freddie's former partner Jim Hutton said in 1994 he thought the ashes were buried at Garden Lodge in Kensington, West London.
He added: "It's become something of a riddle, but I'm pretty sure his final resting place is at the foot of the weeping cherry tree overlooking the whole place."
There are other theories that his ashes were sent to his home country of Zanzibar or scattered on the shore of Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland, where he had a home and a statue of him has since been erected.