Today is the 30th anniversary of rockstar Freddie Mercury’s passing. He will undeniably be remembered for his extraordinary music and voice which made Queen so special. But there’s something else about him that is equally as cool.
Freddie Mercury was the ultimate cat person. Over his lifetime, he owned at least 10 cats – that we know of. And at least 2 of those were adopted from the Blue Cross rescue!
A lifelong passion
His love of cats began with his first partner who purchased two cats – Tom and Jerry. According to friends of the rockstar, while on tour, Freddie would regularly call home to check on his cats. He would have people hold the cats up to the phone so he could talk to them.
Freddie’s love of cats also transpired in his music. He wrote a song called “Delilah” after one of his beloved cats, and dedicated his solo album “Mr Bad Guy” to his cat Jerry. In his very last music video, he is seen wearing a vest featuring several cats – all of them his.
The ultimate cat person
Jim Hutton, the singer’s last partner and boyfriend of 7 years wrote in his memoir:
So today, we remember the rockstar for his talent of course, but also for his wonderful soft side. Check out the adorable photos in our gallery to meet some of Freddie's well-known cats and see just how much he loved them!