QUEEN star Brian May has paid tribute to the late mother of band icon Freddie Mercury who passed away on November 13. Jer Bulsara died in her sleep aged 94, almost 25 years to the day after her famous son left the building.
In a touching Facebook post May described the singer’s mother as ‘warm and devoted’, with a ‘strong twinkle in the eye’.
“After Freddie’s passing, Jer stayed close to us – To Roger, Jim and myself. We always consulted her in our work that continued after we lost Freddie – the Tribute concert at Wembley Stadium, the Made in Heaven album, which encapsulated Freddie’s last gifts of vocals and was a two-year labour of love for us, the single No-one But You, our tribute to Freddie, which I wrote at the inauguration of the Freddie statue in Montreux, an occasion we shared with Jer.”
“She was with us all the way. She loved the fact that Freddie’s spirit lived on so strongly in the work we were doing, and that Freddie was always a physical part of our live shows.”
Jer was married to Freddie’s father Bomi. Both were Parsis from Gujurat who practiced the Zoroastrian faith. They moved to Zanzibar where Bomi had a job with the colonial office and dispatched the young Freddie to a boarding school near Bombay.
The family fled the violent 1964 Zanzibar revolution, moving to a small flat in Middlesex. The rest is history.