Last known photo of Freddie Mercury was with his cat Oscar

Freddie Mercury with cat waistcoat. I believe the cats were his and therefore he must have had it tailor made.

Freddie Mercury, lead singer for Queen, loved cats and he adopted most of them from rescue centers. One devout fan believes he loved his cats more than his fans. Some people say that he was the best pop star of them all. He died of bronchial pneumonia from AIDS on November 24th 1991 at his home, Garden Lodge, North London.

The photo below was taken some months before in the spring of 1991. We are not absolutely sure it is the last photo but it is claimed to be. The cat at his feet is, I believe, Oscar, one of his cats and a ginger tabby and white random bred cat.

Oscar with Freddie Mercury spring 1991


Freddie Mercury dedicated the album Mr Bad Guy and the song Delilah to cats. At the time a cat named Jerry was big in his life. Delilah was a large calico cat he adopted in 1987. He favoured her we are told. She slept at the foot of his bed.

People think Delilah is about a woman but there is a line which goes: “peeing all over [his] Chippendale Suite” – gotta be a cat 😉 . What happened? Why was his cat indulging in “inappropriate elimination” – perhaps he was just joking in the song. I wonder whether he could have incorporated that well know phrase into his song?!

Other cats he cared for were: Goliath, a small black cat who liked to sleep in the bathroom washbasin or at least he did when they couldn’t find him once; Miko (black and white – mainly black), Romeo (tabby and white) and Lilly (black and white – mainly white. A Turkish Van type cat).

From the inside cover of the “Classic Queen” CD insert

Tiffany – a Himalayan cat?

Freddie spoiled his cats by giving cooked chicken or fish. He genuinely loved his cats, I sense. At Christmas each of his cats had their own stocking filled with presents.

The lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is the third bestselling British single of all time. The lyrics are mystifying. A lot of people have tried to find meaning in them. I’m told that Freddie Mercury scribbled the lyrics down on scraps of paper before showing them to his bandmates. He refused to explain the meaning except to say that the song was about relationships.

“I think people should just listen to it, think about it and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them. I did a bit of research, although it was tongue in cheek”.

When he was asked to clarify what the song was about at a party he said:

“Oh, you know, dear – this and that, this and that.”

We’re not sure whether the other band members understood what the song is about either. Everyone has their theory as to what it is indeed about. When he wrote the lyrics, Mercury had just started his first homosexual relationship. The lyrics may refer to coming out about his homosexuality to his mother.

“Mama.. Didn’t mean to make you cry.. gotta leave you all behind and face the truth.. just gonna get right out of here..”

Ben Macintyre of The Times newspaper writes that before Mercury’s death of an aids-related illness he spoke to Kenny Everett. Everett claimed that Mercury had told him that the lyrics were simply “random rhyming nonsense”.

Macintyre believes that this assessment makes sense. He writes that the song is pregnant with symbolism leaving people searching for a meaning. The irony of it is that his greatest song was “a cheerful joke entirely devoid of profundity”.


“Nothing really matters, anyone can see, nothing really matters.. to me.”

Update 21st Feb 2019 – I heard on the radio (LBC) this morning at about 4 am that Freddie left half his £75 million estate to his cats. I have not been able to confirm this but am passing it on for the record. If anyone can confirm this or provide more accurate information please do so in a comment. Thanks.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • When our last cat passed over when he was 20, we knew we were too old to get a kitten so we took a 10 yr old rescue cat. The love of our lives. Had her 2 years now.

    • What a great thing to do I just lost my Lucy after 21 years together &am too old to take on a kitten so I'll go that way thanks for the idea.
      Take care Coreen

  • pleased to see so many loved cats. And, yes, a rescue cat/dog is so more rewarding, as they came from unwanted families or just running loose, so good homes.

    guess his cats are being cared for, and that is lovely indeed.

  • Freddie.Mercury has a Indian and African connection, being born in Zanzibar and brought up in India.I like "QUEEN" and their music but never heard his version of "Delilah". Thanks to 'P.O.C" for introducing this song of "Queen" of which i am posting the youtube link :- .Its a well known fact that Freddie.Mercury loved cats.

    • Does anyone know what really happened to his sweet kitties after he left? I read a blog written by Phoebe that one took off and the others scattered to the neighborhood. I believe Delilah might have been the only one who stayed in the houdse. If this true it is heartbreaking.

  • I'd like to think so too (that he left instructions for the care of them in case anything happened) ... I enjoyed his music as well and it is a shame he died so young. He was a very decent person not just to animals but people as well; From what I heard. It's a shame that "those" who are decent to animals pass away .. when there are those that are not .. are allowed to still live.

  • I liked Freddie Mercury, always loved Queen songs, it's such a shame he died so young. I wonder what happened to his cats, I expect like every true cat lover he made arrangements and left instructions and money for their care. I hope so anyway.

    • I'd like to think so as well Ruth I bet his fans would be clamouring to get their hands on his cats. I would imagine they would have money left so they could be cared for until the ends of their lives. The Cinnamon Trust does that they are based in Cornwall they do a fantastic job.

      • Yes we were volunteers for the Cinnamon Trust until a few years back, to walk dogs or go and see to cats whose owners were ill. We didn't have any cats to care for, just a few dogs, then they started asking us to go too far away, as there wasn't much to do locally. Expecting us to go 10 miles twice a day to walk an out of control alsation x was asking too much with Babz working and me getting past my sell by date lol

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