Queen drummer Roger Taylor was on the way to see Freddie Mercury when he got the call telling him he’d died – and he wishes he’d got to say goodbye.
Taylor told The Big Issue’s Jane Graham: “I was literally on my way to see him, less than half a mile away, when they rang me in my car and told me he had gone.
“I just stopped the car on Kensington High Street, in a kind of shock. Because even when you know somebody is going to die, it’s still such a shock when they actually do.
“I just wish I’d been there to give him moral support. That’s what he wanted. He liked his friends around. I think [the subsequent outpouring of love for him] has been terrific.
“He would have been so happy about it. But I just wish I’d got to say goodbye.”
The Taylor named the late singer as the person he wishes he could have one more conversation with in a new interview in the latest edition of The Big Issue.