His former associate, Jim Hutton, spoke about Freddie’s response to the betrayal in his guide, Mercury and Me.
He wrote: “On May 4, Freddie was devastated by one other story about him within the Sun. And so was I. His previous pal, Paul Prenter had stitched him up.
“Aids Kills Freddie’s Two Lovers, it declared, and the story was run throughout three pages. Tony Bastin, from Brighton, and John Murphy, an airline steward, had died from the illness in 1986.
“And Prenter claimed that Freddie had known as him late one evening and poured out his fears about Aids…