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Freddie Mercury: Mary Austin remembers his final moments ‘The call came at 7pm’

In the extraordinary video shot outside the house a year later, Mary talks to the fans who had gathered and shares their grief.

She tells them: “Today I think I was still with him and I didn’t leave here until about one (in the morning) last year, and so for me, I’m still there holding his hand….

“It won’t be until about seven this evening, when I received the phone call, that it will hit home.”

Asked how she was coping, Mary replied: “The same as any of us, I suppose. You guys have found it hard, haven’t you? We all know how we feel so at least we can empathise.”