As we all know, Queen singer Freddie Mercury was very protective of his privacy, and more so as he began to become more and more ill due to his diagnosis of AIDS. Brian May, guitarist for the band Queen, recently put out there that Mercury’s band mates were of the few who were allowed a glimpse of their frontman’s final days.
In a recent interview with the Sunday Times (via the Daily Telegraph), May told them that before the AIDS took Freddie's life, it started taking pieces of him. The most notable being his foot, which had to be amputated.
Once, he showed it to the band at dinner. "And he said ‘Oh Brian, I’m sorry I’ve upset you by showing you that.’ And I said, ‘I’m not upset, Freddie, except to realize you have to put up with all this terrible pain.'”
Its unfortunate that Freddie's death came just before the advancements in AIDS research and the introductions of drug cocktails that fight off the disease and allowed for long term management. He came so close to making it to this time. But even in his final days, he worried more about the legacy he left behind and not himself.
“He missed by just a few months. If it had been a bit later he would still have been with us, I’m sure,” said May. “You can’t do ‘what if,’ can you? You can’t go there because therein lies madness," he told the Sunday Times (via the Daily Telegraph
It’s worth noting that May has publicly expressed his unhappiness with the overall tone of the interview, which focused on the sensationalistic aspects of Queen and Mercury’s story rather than the project May sat down with the Times to discuss — the Queen in 3-D retrospective book he painstakingly assembled for release this year.
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