Freddie Mercury’s former personal assistant and close friend has said he hates the idea of a new Queen film and does not want the singer’s death to appear onscreen.

Peter Freedstone was Mercury’s PA, bodyguard and nurse from 1979 until 1991.

Freedstone told British NME Magazine “I don’t like the idea there could be any Bohemian Rhapsody II. Whatever they put in the film, you’d have to show 20 minutes or half-an-hour of Freddie dying and I don’t think anybody needs to see that.

“Even though it’s 28 years on, to have that in my face, it’s not necessary. And who in their right mind would need to see it?”

Freedstone supported the release of Bohemian Rhapsody and helped guide the scriptwriters, saying “It’s an amazing film. It has to be for all the awards it’s won. Not everybody can be wrong. I understand some Queen fans’ complaints about how it changed their timeline. I don’t look at the film as telling the story from start to finish, I see each scene on its own and I can see the truth in each scene. It’s much embroidered, but there’s a grain of truth in each scene.”