Freddie Mercury Cause Of Death – What Happened To Freddie Mercury?

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After many years of touring the world and producing hit after hit. Freddie Mercury was sadly diagnosed with Aids. According to his partner Jim Hutton, he received the devastating news shortly after Easter 1987. 

However, he kept this a private matter and denied the diagnosis as rumours continued. 

The Queen singer’s sexuality was often a topic of discussion as he’d both female and male partners, with friends commenting he was openly gay, but he remained silent on the matter. 

Sadly, on November 23, 1991, a statement was made on Freddie’s behalf, which confirmed he was ill, said, “Following enormous conjecture in the press, I wish to confirm that I have tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it was correct to keep this information private in order to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has now come for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth, and I hope everyone will join with me, my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease”.

Just after 24 hours of revealing this news, the music legend died at the age of 45 on November 24, 1991. His cause of death was recorded as bronchial pneumonia resulting from Aids. 

In 2017, Queen guitarist Brian May revealed the devastating physical effect Aids had on his late bandmate Freddie, admitting it even cost the star his foot. 

While speaking to Times Magazine, he said of his friend’s illness, “The problem was actually his foot and tragically there was very little left of it”.

He added that “once, he showed it to us 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 that you have to put up with so much terrible pain’”.

He went on to reveal his sadness as Freddie passed away just months before a potentially life-saving “cocktail of drugs” was discovered. Prescriptions of AZT have gone on to help manage the condition, giving sufferers much longer to live.

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