Joe Fanelli started out as Freddie’s boyfriend in 1978. He would become an extraordinarily special friend to Freddie. Their relationship didn’t last but a beautiful, loyal friendship developed and Joe remained in Freddie’s life as his dearest friend, chef, assistant, confidant and caregiver until the very end. I have so much respect and admiration for Joe. Freddie’s friends were important to him and he has said, he demands a lot but he’ll give so much more in return.The dearest of friends reunited again According to Jim Hutton, Joe sadly passed away December 1992.