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Considered the greatest actor of all time, Mercury’s life will be dramatized in the Oscar-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, which airs tonight on Film4 from 9pm. The 2018 biographical film follows Mercury, played by Rami Malek, and his upbringing in 1970s Britain and the friendships he formed that helped form the band Queen. It shows how those relationships nurtured the legendary group, culminating in their stellar performance at Live Aid and the aftermath leading up to the event.

While the film showcases Mercury’s incredible presence on stage, it also highlights his struggles off the mic.

He enjoyed being the center of attention when it came to the glamor of the music industry, but often kept his private life hidden from the public eye.

The star struck up a string of friendships with Princess Diana, David Bowie and Sir Elton, with the latter once describing the agonizing struggle his co-star was going through.

Sadly, Freddie passed away in 1991 after complications from AIDS, cementing his already legendary status among music fans.

In Mark Langthorne and Matt Richards’ 2013 book Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury, Sir Elton said, “I had seen what the disease had done to so many of my other friends.

“I knew exactly what it would do to Freddie. Just like him. He knew death, agonizing death, was coming.”

The couple’s relationship was close throughout Freddie’s life, and Sir Elton noted how the Queen frontman helped save his life while his own spiraled out of control due to substance abuse.

Freddie was among those in Sir Elton’s inner circle who asked him to attend rehab as he was struggling with cocaine.

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With Freddie on his deathbed and only those closest to him allowed to visit him, Sir Elton was given a limited amount of time to speak to his friend.

He continued: “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 definitely Freddie, gossiping about, completely outrageous.

“I couldn’t figure out if he didn’t know how close he was to death, or if he knew full well but was determined not to let what was happening to him stop him from being himself.”

And even after his death, Freddie still managed to put a smile on his friends, including Sir Elton, to whom he sent a Christmas present after his death.

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Sir Elton recalled opening his front door and finding a present wrapped in one of Freddie’s pillowcases.

The gift was a painting by one of Sir Elton’s favorite painters, Henry Scott Tuke, and included a note to his friend.

It read: “Dear Sharon, I thought you would like this. Love, Melina. Merry Christmas.”

Sharon was Sir Elton’s funny nickname while Melina was Freddie’s.

Sir Elton added: “In fact, Freddie should have spent these last few days just with his own well-being. But that wasn’t who he was. He really lived for others

“Freddie had died on November 24, 1991 and weeks after the funeral I was still grieving. On Christmas Day I learned that Freddie had left me a final testimony of his selflessness.

“I was sad when a friend showed up at my door and gave me something in a pillowcase. I opened it and inside was a painting by one of my favorite artists, British painter Henry Scott Tuke. And there was a note on the front of Freddie.

“Years ago, Freddie and I developed pet names for each other, our drag queen alter egos. I was Sharon and he was Melina.”

Sir Elton concluded: “I was overwhelmed, aged 44 at the time, and crying like a child. Here was this beautiful man who was dying of AIDS and in his final days he somehow managed to find me a nice Christmas present.

“As sad as that moment was, it’s often the one I think of when I remember Freddie because it captures the character of the man. In death he reminded me of what made him so special in life.”

Bohemian Rhapsody airs on Film4 tonight from 9pm.

Sir Elton added: “In fact, Freddie should have spent these last few days just with his own well-being. But that wasn’t who he was. He really lived for others

“Freddie had died on November 24, 1991 and weeks after the funeral I was still grieving. On Christmas Day I found out that Freddie had left me a final testimony of his selflessness.

“I was sad when a friend showed up at my door and gave me something in a pillowcase. I opened it and inside was a painting by one of my favorite artists, British painter Henry Scott Tuke. And there was a note on the front of Freddie.

“Years ago, Freddie and I developed pet names for each other, our drag queen alter egos. I was Sharon and he was Melina.”

Sir Elton concluded: “I was overwhelmed, aged 44 at the time, and crying like a child. Here was this beautiful man who was dying of AIDS and in his final days he somehow managed to find me a nice Christmas present.

“As sad as that moment was, it’s often the one I think of when I remember Freddie because it captures the character of the man. In death he reminded me of what made him so special in life.”

Bohemian Rhapsody airs tonight from 9pm on Film4.

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