Feb 28 2013 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
CONCERNS were raised that false reports about the ‘mystery’ of Freddie Mercury’s final resting place in Harrow Road could lead to the theft of a memorial plaque.
Marie Murphy, who is manager of Kensal Green Cemetery where many famous people are buried, said false statements had been used to make people believe a plaque with the Queen singer’s real name on had laid undiscovered for years.
However, cemetery staff have known all along that the plaque to Farrokh Bulsara, who was born on September 5, 1946, and died on November 24, 1991, referred to the much-loved pop star.
The manager said: “Freddie Mercury was cremated here and his remains were removed by the family. There was a small plaque put up in his real name.
“There was a statement in some articles that the cemetery was unaware that it was here but that’s nonsense. What’s going to cause a big problem now if that it could be stolen.
“We get people coming here all the time looking for Freddie Mercury’s ashes and they all think he is buried here, but he isn’t – the family took the ashes away.”
The plaque reads: “In loving Memory of Farrokh Bulsara. Pour Etre Toujours Pres De Toi Avec Tout Mon Amour, which translates as ‘Always to be close to you with all my love’ and is signed off with a letter ‘M’, which is believed to refer to Mary Austin, his former girlfriend and life-long friend.
The cemetery, which runs along Harrow Road, is the resting place of writers, royals, engineers and relatives of well-known Britons including Isambard Kingdom Brunel, novelist William Makepeace Thackeray and Winston Churchill’s daughter.