Elton John Among Mourners at Mercury’s Funeral
LONDON (AP) _ Singer Elton John joined Roger Taylor, Brian May and John Deacon from the band Queen at the funeral Wednesday of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the extravagant rock group. Mercury, 45, died Sunday of AIDS.
A single red rose rested atop Mercury’s coffin, which was driven into the crematorium in an old, black Rolls-Royce with flowers on the roof.
Mercury’s parents and his sister Kashmira attended the private service.
Mary Austin, Mercury’s former girlfriend, arrived with former pop star Dave Clark for the 25-minute service, attended by about 50 people and conducted according to Mercury’s Zoroastrian faith.
Mercury publicist Roxy Meade said flowers sent from all over the world covered a quarter of an acre and were distributed to AIDS hospitals in London.
Singer David Bowie sent one floral tribute, she said.
Mercury was born Frederick Bulsara in Zanzibar in 1946 and became one of rock music’s greatest showmen.
He lived in seclusion his last two years.
Mercury issued a statement the day before he died saying he had AIDS.