Freddie Mercury had a traditional Zoroastrian funeral but Mary Austin TOOK the ashes

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Freddie’s funeral was conducted in an ancient obscure language, Avestan, which is thousands of years old. Before he died, the star specified that wanted traditional Zoroastrian rites, according to the customs of his family and ancestors. Avestan originated in the ancient Perian Empire over two and a half thousand years ago and is only used now in religious ceremonies. Freddie’s ceremony took place at West London Crematorium and the only words in English were to ask the mourners to stand and sit throughout the ceremony.

The funeral was an extremely small and private affair, with less than 40 people invited. The guests included the star’s bandmates and their wives, as well as Elton John, Mary Austin and Freddie’s partner Jim Hutton.

A single red rose was placed on top of the coffin which was carried into the chapel to the sounds of Aretha Franklin’s recording of Precious Lord Take My Hand. The enormous numbers of flowers sent by friends and fans filled five hearses and were sent on to AIDS wards afterwards.

The 25-minute ceremony ended with Freddie’s favorite opera aria, Verdi’s D’amour sull ‘ali Rose sung by his dear friend Montserrat Caballe.

After the cremation, Mary took the ashes, according to Freddie’s explicit wishes. It was two years before she finally buried them.

Years later, Mary opened up about what happened and why she alone knew where Freddie’s ashes were.

Not even his family ever knew what she did with them, although she gave them one final opportunity to say goodbye.

Mary said: “He suddenly announced one day after Sunday lunch, ‘I know exactly where I want you to put me. But nobody is to know because I don’t want anyone to dig me up.’

“Those were his exact words, ‘I just want to rest in peace.'”

It took Mary a couple of years before she was ready to lay his ashes to rest and she went to extraordinary lengths to keep their final location secret.

Mary later said she had kept the urn in Freddie’s bedroom at One Garden Lodge, his West Kensington mansion which he left to her in his will, for two years.

In fact, Mary admitted she almost never went in the room for the first five years after she moved in, because the memories of his final days were too vivid and painful.

When she finally decided it was time to bury the ashes, she invited Freddie’s parents to the house to say final prayers in his memory.

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Mary described how she carefully planned her secret mission to smuggle the ashes out of the house.

She said: “One morning, I just sneaked out of the house with the urn. It had to be like a normal day so the staff wouldn’t suspect anything — because staff gossip. They just cannot resist it. But nobody will ever know where he is buried because that was his wish.”

She went out alone, not taking a driver and carried the ashes in a nondescript plastic bag.

To this day nobody else knows where she buried Freddie’s last remains, saying: “He didn’t want anyone trying to dig him up as has happened to some famous people. Fans can be deeply obsessive.

“He wanted it to remain a secret and it will remain so.”

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