A memorial plaque to the legendary Queen singer who died of AIDS in 1991 aged 45 has recently been discovered 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” – and is marked “M”.
Farrokh Bulsara was the star’s real name. He changed it in 1971. Fans suspect “M” could be his ex-lover Mary Austin, who inherited his home, Garden Lodge.Freddie’s ashes are believed to have been given to her after his cremation, but she has never revealed what became of them. A spokesman for Freddie’s estate declined to comment.
According to the Kensal Green Cemetery website, bronze plaques “can be provided for those whose cremated remains have been strewn in the Scattering Garden”. One Queen 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.”