Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Freddie Mercury's AIDS Announcement Made One Day Before He Died

I have been writing about the unique Freddie Mercury/Mary Austin love relationship. Freddie Mercury was gay.

Here are the last public words Freddie Mercury spoke, a little over 24 hours before his death from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS.

"Although rumours about his health were rampant, he continued to deny that he had AIDS. However, from the video for "These Are the Days of Our Lives," which represents Mercury's last appearance on film, it was clear from his gaunt appearance that he was seriously ill. *(Scroll to the bottom of this post to view this video.) On November 22, 1991 Mercury called Queen's manager Jim Beach over to his Kensington home to discuss a public statement. The following day, November 23, the following announcement was made to the press:

'Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand this policy will continue.'" 1

1 Freddie Mercury

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