Inside Freddie Mercury’s final days: a moving fan message, a final request, and his final photograph

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Inside Freddie Mercury’s final days – a heartfelt fan message, a final request, and his final photograph

Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, died at his home on November 24, 1991, at the age of 45, from bronchial pneumonia caused by AIDS-related complications.

It’s been 30 years since the legendary rock singer Freddie Mercury passed away, and in the final year of his life, he gave fans an emotional message in the music video for These Are the Days of Our Lives, as well as making one final request.

In 1987, Freddie was diagnosed with HIV, and while in Montreux, Brian May recalled Freddie saying, “I don’t want to take any action except to carry on the way we are.”

Brian also said that Freddie said, “I want to keep making music for as long as f**king can,” in the new documentary Freddie: The Final Act, which will air on BBC2 later this month.

Queen released albums such as The Miracle in 1989 and Innuendo in 1991 in the years after, but did not tour them like they had previously.

Freddie joined Queen while accepting a Brit Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Music’ in February 1990, and while guitarist Brian May spoke on behalf of the band, Freddie closed the speech with, “Thank you….goodnight.”

It was his final public appearance, and he also delivered an emotional message to fans in his final music video, These Are the Days of Our Lives, from Queen’s 1991 Innuendo album, during the last year of his life.

The reflective song featured Freddie alongside his Queen band mates in the poignant video, with lyrics such as “You can’t turn back the clock, you can’t turn back the time, ain’t that a shame?”

Then, in the final moments of the video, he looks straight at the camera and says, “I still love you,” in an emotional goodbye to his fans.

He shared his Kensington home with close friends and family, including long-term partner Jim Hutton, who captured one of the last photos of the singer in his final months.

In his book Mercury and Me, he discusses the photograph of Freddie in a garden, dressed in jeans and a floral shirt.

“He posed while I took four photos, and he managed a smile for each of them,” Jim explained.

“He knew he didn’t look his best because he was so pale and drawn, but it didn’t matter; out of all the pictures I Brinkwire presents summary news.”

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