The 76-year-old entertainer, who fled to Spain in 2015 after being hit with a £960,000 legal bill defending historic s-x attack accusations, was discovered at 3pm yesterday lying naked on the floor by his carer.
The chain-smoker, who had battled with health problems and had a quadruple heart bypass following a heart attack in 2010, was last saw alive in the morning and is believed to have died of natural causes.
Just days before his death he posted on Facebook to thank his fans for their support and give them an update on his condition, following his long-running health issues.
'Hello everyone hope everyone is ok? Me yes I'm ok getting tired more now but otherwise I'm doing good,' he wrote on Wednesday last week.
'I just have to say thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the kind comments and messages it really does mean a lot so thank you to each and everyone of you thanks so much. Freddie.'
Tributes have flooded in for the entertainer who one of the biggest comic stars of the 70s, 80s and 90s and was loved for his wild and unpredictable behaviour on stage.