The tragic reason for Freddie Mercury’s failure to disclose his AIDS diagnosis until just hours before his death.
Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, shocked the world when he revealed he had been diagnosed with AIDS just 24 hours before his death, after keeping it a secret to protect those he cared about the most.
Freddie Mercury, the frontman for Queen, died of AIDS 30 years ago this week, at the age of 45.
Despite the fact that the disease was destroying his body, the legend only told his closest friends and family about his diagnosis.
Mercury’s bandmate and close friend Brian May revealed how the disease was affecting him to The Sunday Times in 2017.
“The issue was actually his foot,” he explained, “and sadly, there was very little of it left.”
“At dinner one night, he showed it to us.”
‘Oh Brian, I’m sorry I offended you by showing you that,’ he apologized.
“And I said, ‘I’m not upset, Freddie, except that you have to put up with all this terrible pain,'” she continued.
Mercury spent the final two years of his life isolating himself, with only his closest friends visiting him, in order to keep his illness a secret from his millions of fans around the world.
Mercury referred to singer Elton John and Mary Austin as “the love of my life” after they were invited into his inner circle for his final weeks.
Mercury’s personal assistant, Peter Freestone, witnessed how the star struggled in his final months.
“Freddie knew about the HIVAIDS virus spreading around the world and knew of friends who had died from it, so obviously that was on his mind,” he said.
“He may have suspected he was infected, but, like so many of us, he pushed the thought to the back of his mind, believing ‘it won’t happen to me.’
“You have to remember, it was a death sentence back then, and it is still true today, but the end can now be postponed.”
The singer was diagnosed with AIDS four years before his death, according to reports.
Mercury was in denial and refused to be tested until his close friend Mary persuaded him.
“Freddie had a biopsy on a mark on his hand,” Peter continued.
Freddie’s doctor attempted to contact him, but he refused to pick up the phone.
“Eventually, the doctor called Mary and said he needed to speak with Freddie right away, so Mary had to persuade Freddie to see his doctor.”
“I’m sure Freddie anticipated what the doctor would say and didn’t want to hear it.
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