Freddie Mercury.

FOR 21 years, fans wanting to pay their respects at Freddie Mercury’s last resting place have had nowhere to go.

The singer was cremated after he died of Aids in 1991 but the whereabouts of his ashes remained unknown.

Now fans believe a plaque spotted at a West London cemetery over the weekend could solve the mystery.

The plaque is in place at Kensal Rise cemetery and dedicated to Farrokh Bulsara, Mercury’s birth name. He became Freddie Mercury after forming Queen in 1971.

The plaque, which lists Mercury’s date of birth and death, reads: ‘In loving memory of Farrokh Bulsara.’ A dedication written in French translates as: ‘Always to be close to you with all my love.’

It is marked with an ‘M’, suggesting it could be Mercury’s former lover, Mary Austin.

But on Monday Miss Austin, who inherited Mercury’s £10million house in Kensington, along with the majority of his song rights, dismissed the claims.

‘I find that very unlikely indeed that his resting place has been discovered,’ she said. ‘I made a promise on his death bed that I would never reveal where his ashes were. I do know where they are but that’s all I have to say on it.’

Mercury died at 45, after a three-year battle with Aids. He was cremated at Kensal Green and many speculated that his ashes had been taken abroad. Some thought they had been sent to his native Zanzibar, while others believed they were scattered at Lake Geneva in Switzerland, where he had a home.

Jim Hutton, another of the bisexual singer’s former lovers, said in 1994 that he thought they were buried at Mercury’s Kensington home. ‘It’s become something of a riddle,’ he said at the time, ‘but I’m pretty sure his final resting place is at the foot of the weeping cherry tree.’

The plaque is among several fixed to a plinth at Kensal Rise cemetery and suggests Mercury’s ashes may have been scattered there in the gardens.

One fan wrote on the cemetery website: ‘The discovery of this plaque is really exciting and may be a major breakthrough.’ - Daily Mail