Rock legend Freddie Mercury passed away on November 24, 1991 at the age of 45 from pneumonia. If as the leader of the iconic group Queen his presence on stage was impressive, it was far from the stadiums and in the utmost discretion that he learned to be a carrier of HIV and AIDS. Barely 24 hours before his tragic death, it was on November 23, 1991 that Freddie Mercury issued a poignant statement to confirm his condition. He then wrote: “I wish to confirm that I have tested positive for HIV and have AIDS. I felt it was correct to keep this information private to this day to protect the privacy of those who gave me. surround.However, the time has come for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope everyone will join me, my doctors and everyone around the world in the fight against this terrible illness. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand that this policy will continue. ”

When he last appeared in a Queen music video the same year he died, Freddie Mercury looked noticeably thin and fragile. The singer only allowed a few of his closest friends to see him in his final days and his friend Elton John was among them. As he watched his friend deteriorate before his eyes, the Rocket Man performer could only spend limited time at the star’s bedside because he couldn’t stand to see him in this state. In his memoirs, the latter also shared: “He was too frail to get out of bed, he was losing his sight, his body was covered with lesions from Kaposi’s sarcoma, and yet he was still definitely Freddie, talkative, completely. scandalous. I couldn’t tell if he didn’t realize how close he was to death or if he knew perfectly well, but was determined not to let what happened to him prevent him from being himself . ” Helpless, Elton John was then determined to make his friend feel loved as his health declined.

Freddie Mercury’s Last Gift to Elton John

Sick, the British singer took advantage of the time he had left to buy thoughtful Christmas gifts, which were delivered after his death. One was intended for Elton John: a painting by artist Henry Scott Tuke. The artwork was wrapped in a pillowcase and accompanied by a heartbreaking note that read, “Dear Sharon, I thought you might like this. Love, Melina. Merry Christmas.” It was a nod to the duo’s nicknames for each other as they’d given each other drag queen names. In his memoirs, Elton John then confided: “Freddie should have spent the last few days worrying only about his own comfort. But that was not what he was. He really lived for others.”

Freddy Mercury © ALPHA AGENCY

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