In November 1991, Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, died due to complications in the fight against AIDS. Shortly after the musician’s funeral, most of his belongings were burned. A very unconventional practice. As the family usually keeps the objects and clothing as a memory.
According to Express.Uk, this happened at the request of Freddie himself. Who followed the precepts of Zoroastrianism as his philosophy of life. As many fans know, Mercury’s real name was Farrokh Bulsara. He was born in Zanzibar, in 1946, to Parsi-Indian parents, who raised him in Zoroastrianism.
Joanna Espin, curator of the Museum of Postcards, who has Freddie’s postage stamp collection in the collection, told Express:
“When Freddie Mercury passed away, a lot of his belongings were burnt in accordance with his family’s religious beliefs. One of the reasons we think this [album] wasn’t destroyed upon Freddie’s death was because the stamps had originally come from his father.”
The singer’s father, Bomi, set up a stamp collection in Zanzibar, which Queen’s future singer took for him between 9 and 12 years old. Being one of the star’s only remaining possessions makes the stamp album particularly rare and special.
The item offers a fascinating insight into the artist’s creative personality since childhood. The curator said:
“The way he put the album together is quite different from a classic, traditional stamp album because it was more about the colours and the patterns and the shapes. His perspective on things is different from an early age, so he isn’t just following the usual, ‘I’ll put that in a stamp album. In his, the pages are black, which is unusual because normally they’re an off-white.”
In his final years, the singer was active and even recorded with the band the beautiful album Innuendo (1991). On the official clips of the songs of the album the musician already had a fragile look, cause by the disease.