Freddie Mercury gives Christmas gifts from beyond the grave in beautiful gesture

Icon and rocker Freddie Mercury was a lot of things to many different people – including outlandishly generous.

He was known for his giving nature – as well as his wonderful voice – and even after his death he's making Christmas that little bit more special for his loved ones.

Freddie died 28 years ago after a battle with AIDS, but commanded in his will that London department store Fortnum & Mason send a Christmas hamper each year to close friends and his godchildren.

They receive one every year, the bill footed by Freddie's estate.

"We do think it's a lovely gesture," said a spokesperson for the store to MailOnline , "Which has been known to happen on occasion."



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Fellow superstar Elton John recently recalled Freddie's final days while discussing his new autobiography, and how his condition never dulled his generous spirit.

"On Christmas morning," Elton said, "Tony King came round and gave me this pillow case.

"As you read in the book my drag name is Sharon and Freddie was Melina. In the beautiful pillowcase was [a] watercolour painting.

"In the note that went with it it said, 'Dear Sharon, I saw this at auction and thought you would love it. I love you, Melina.'

"It was really moving. He was dying and he still thought of his friends. I still have it on its easel and I still have the pillowcase next to my bed.

"That is the type of person he was. He was so so full of love and life."

Elton added that Freddie never seemed scared of dying.

"While he was dying he was still buying things at auction," Elton continued, "He wasn't thinking about dying at all. He showed no fear to me about dying, no fear or sadness.

"When you went there you had an audience with Freddie."

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