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It's been 30 years since the world lost Queen's lead vocalist Freddie Mercury after the musical legend tragically died from AIDS on November 24, 1991.

For many, his legacy will live on forever, but Sir Elton John will remember a whole different side to the musician.

After revealing to his millions of fans around the world that he was battling AIDS, Freddie passed away at home just 24 hours later aged just 45.

READ MORE : Homes Under The Hammer's Martin Roberts lost for words He went on : "I was moping about when a friend showed up at my door and handed me something wrapped in a pillowcase.

And there was a note on the front from Freddie.

"Years before, Freddie and I had developed pet names for each other, our drag-queen alter egos.

"I was overcome, 44 years old at the time, crying like a child," he wrote.

Freddie Mercury's final letter to pal Elton John left him 'crying like a child' (Image: GETTY•YOUTUBE)

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"It captures the character of the man," he said fondly.

I vividly remember thinking : if it could happen to Freddie, it could happen to me.

Now, as the years roll by since his passing, time has ensured he is immortal after all.

Freddie Mercury's final days with Mary Austin (Image: GETTY )

i got to do things i never thought i would.

The progress Freddie so desperately wanted to see.

The Christmas number one in 1991 was the re-release of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, which raised over £1million to support our work at Terrence Higgins Trust.

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Freddie Mercury with Mary Austin at his 35th birthday (Image: INSTA )

Just six short years later though, the rambunctious Freddie succumbed to an AIDS-related illness that had slowly ravaged his body, away from the public eye.

thirty years on and freddie is the best ever.

Have your say in the comments below When it was announced just a day before his death that he was terminally ill, there was a collective holding of breath as it was clear that Freddie was not going to live forever after all.

Yes, some singers have their moment and each movement since from 2-Tone to Britpop and beyond has given us someone who we 've taken to our hearts, but at the end of the day, there has been no performer quite like Freddie.

Don’t just be sad about Freddie’s untimely death today (Picture: FG/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images)

Long live the Queen.

It seems hard to believe ( and even harder to accept ) that the world lost Freddie thirty years ago.

After valiantly battling AIDS, holding court and entertaining friends and family from his bed even in the final weeks, the star finally let go on November 24, 1991.

As his condition had deteriorated, Freddie only allowed his inner circle to see him in those last days, and they were there, day and night, making sure that he was never alone.

Elton credits Freddie with saving his life at the height of his drug problems (Image: GETTY)

She was one of the very few people he trusted to care for him in his final days.

Mary would come in every day, along with Freddie's close friend Dave Clarke, who was the person at his side when he died.

She said : "I'd spent so long with him being unwell and there were so many memories in that room.

Combing his hair, because he'd lie back and all his hair would be sticking up."

Freddie Mercury with Mary Austin in 1987 (Image: GETTY)

Freddie had famously said of Mary : "I 'll love her until I draw my last breath."

And that's exactly what he did.

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