May announced on Saturday (19Nov16) that Jer Bulsara had passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 94 on 13 November (16), and wrote an emotional and heartfelt tribute to her on Facebook.
"Well, now the news is out there, I thought I should share a few words," he said. "Freddie's Mum, Jer Bulsara, passed away a few days ago (13/11/16), very quietly and peacefully in her sleep. She was 94. It's the wish of the family that the funeral and subsequent arrangements remain private."
The Bohemian Rhapsody guitarist went on to share stories of how Mercury would take pleasure in trying to shock his mother with his onstage antics.
"Jer was a warm and devoted Mum to Freddie, and, like Freddie, always had a strong twinkle in the eye," May wrote. "Jer was always a keen follower of our progress as a band, and always came to see us when we played nearby, always with huge enthusiasm. Freddie was very close to his Mum, and, I think, took a mischievous pleasure in trying to shock her."
Recalling a story from when they played a show in London, May revealed his fellow Queen member had a plan to torment his mother. "Freddie announced... 'Mother’s in the audience tonight. Better throw in a few extra ‘f**ks!' There was never any sign that she was shocked," May shared.
Legendary Queen frontman Mercury - real name Farrokh Bulsara - was close with his mother until he died from AIDs complications in 1991 at the age of 45.
"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... 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," he added.
Touchingly recalling how Jer would be on hand to make them cups of tea when they visited her, May offered his condolences to her daughter Kash, Freddie's sister.
"Jer was always ready with a cup of tea when we visited, and we were always able to speak about ‘My Freddie’ without shyness, feeling that he was not far away. This is a very hard time for Kash, of course, and we all hope she will be able to move through this quietly and find her peace. Much love and respects," he wrote.