On November 23, 1991, 27 years ago, one of the symbolic rock figures revealed the difficult reality: Freddie Mercury decided to communicate to the world that he had AIDS.
His life changed four years ago when he learned that two ex-lovers had the HIV virus. Mercury made an appropriate analysis and the results were not good.
For a long time he kept his secret. He only knows his closest environment, like his ex-boyfriend Mary Austin and the band members, Queen.
But the media began to speculate. The singer physically changed and spent more time at his home, which was later known to accommodate him for treatment and continued writing.
But Mercury wanted to open the eyes of the world before the situation, so he sent a statement to the press.
"After big allegations in the media, I want to emphasize that I am HIV positive and I have AIDS. I feel entitled to maintain the privacy of this information to protect the privacy of the people around me"wrote the musician.
"Now The time has come for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth, and I hope everyone will join me, my doctor and all people around the world in the fight against this terrible disease, "he added.
One day After releasing the message, on the night of November 24, 1991, a brief statement by his publicist, Roxy Meades, confirmed that "Freddie Mercury died in peace in his house. His death was the result of bronchopneumonia, which was caused by AIDS. "
He is only 45 years old.
Although, according to Time, Mercury does not want to be a "symbol child" of AIDS, it ultimately contributes in an important way to prevent it. Thanks to him, he also inspired organizations and raised millions of dollars for his research.
The last video Mercury and Queen recorded was "This is the Day of Our Life", on May 30, 1991.