This was the last time Jer Bulsara saw her son, Freddie Mercury, “Are you all right? Did any of the media worry you?”
“We said: ‘Don’t worry about us dear.’ He was so ill and still he was being so caring,” his mother recalled the “very emotional, very hard” last meeting with her son.
For a mother who dearly loves her children, it can bring unbearable pain to see their son or daughter pass away before them. Jer Bulsara had to let go of her son on November 24, 1991. One of the most beloved legends of music was lost at the age of 45, and he “died with a smile on his face,” said Mary Austin, who was close to the star, according to Express.
Jer Bulsara was heartbroken by the news, but firmly believed that some things are pre-decided and cannot be changed.
“It was a very sad day when he died in November 1991, but according to our religion when it is the right time you cannot change it,” the mother shared in an interview with The Telegraph in 2012. “You have to go. God loved him more and wanted him with Him and that is what I keep in my mind.”
Although it can be extremely hard for a parent to cope with their child’s death, Jer Bulsara took comfort in knowing the long-lasting impact he had on people across the globe. She said, “No mother wants to see her son die, but, at the same time, he has done more for the world in his short life than many people could do in 100 years.”
Her son was the man who rocked almost the entire world, his songs are still played on radios everywhere, and he is always fondly remembered for his inimitable style. And this meant that Freddie Mercury’s family would have constant reminders of the singer everywhere they go.
“His passing doesn’t seem more than 20 years ago. I still feel he is around because his music is played so often,” Jer Bulsara admitted. “It reassures me that he is still loved by people all over the world, but of course, none of them love him as much as his mother.”
Jer Bulsara had a loving relationship with her “dear boy”, who would travel the entire world for his music but still come home to eat the meals his mother lovingly cooked for him. “He would come home and say ‘Mum are you making your special cheese biscuits?'” his mother recalled.
On November 20, 2016, just days before the 25th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death, his mother passed away “very quietly and peacefully in her sleep” at the age of 94, as reported by HuffPost.
Freddie Mercury’s Queen bandmate, Brian May, who knew Jer Bulsara for over 50 years, wrote her a tribute after she passed away. “Jer was a warm and devoted Mum to Freddie, and, like Freddie, always had a strong twinkle in the eye…” Brian May wrote. “…Freddie was very close to his Mum, and, I think, took a mischievous pleasure in trying to shock her.”
Brian May would often listen to Jer Bulsara reminisce old memories of her son before her death. “In private moments with us, away from the glare of the spotlights, in latter years Jer was always ready with a cup of tea when we visited, and we were always able to speak about ‘My Freddie’ without shyness, feeling that he was not far away.”
He also added, “Jer and my Mum must be having a nice chat up there somewhere.”