Freddie Mercury beams away as last Thanksgiving dinner photo is unearthed

Queen legend Freddie Mercury couldn't hide his delight at celebrating Thanksgiving a recently unearthed image reveals.

The snap, which was taken two years before his death in 1991 , sees the music icon in the kitchen with pal Joe Fanelli as they cook a giant Turkey.

Dressed in a red and black check shirt, the Who Wants To Live Forever singer sported a large cracker hat and an even bigger grin.

The image was taken at Freddie's London home One Garden Lodge in West Kensington on Thanksgiving 1989.

Freddie died on November 24 1991, four days before Thanksgiving that year.

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The image was shared on Freddie Mercury Instagram fan account Freddie Mercury Club.

The shot was captioned: "'Generally Freddie would use any excuse to have a party.

"I remember a few times when there wasn’t a tour that Joe reminded Freddie about Thanksgiving and Freddie would lay on a traditional dinner for friends.

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"As Freddie was staunchly British, the celebration didn’t have the same gravitas as it does in USA, but he still enjoyed himself.' -Peter Freestone."

The account acceded "P.S. Don't you just love it when Freddie's whole face brightens up with his own brand of contagious laughter all natural and genuinely happy like that?."

Writing his his autobiography, singer Elton John revealed how Freddie was a shell of his former self at the time of his death.

The Rocket Man singer explained: "He hadn't told me he was ill.

"I visited him a lot when he was dying, although I could never stay for much longer than an hour.

"It was too upsetting – I didn’t think he wanted me to see him like that."

Elton added: "He was too frail to get out of bed, he was losing his sight, his body was covered in Kaposi's sarcoma lesions, and yet he was still definitely Freddie, gossiping away, completely outrageous."

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