He was a rock icon, a stage beast like Mick Jagger or David Bowie. And by dint of breaking gender codes on stage and in the city, Freddie Mercury has become a legend. But in the fall of 1986, the tabloid The Sun attributed to him symptoms of AIDS. The legendary singer of the group Queen, however, knew he was ill from 1987. From 1990 to 1991, he recorded his last takes with his group. The physical traces of the disease are little by little detectable, in particular in the clip of I’m Going Slightly Mad in which he appears emaciated, tired and emaciated.

Freddie Mercury died on November 24, 1991 at the age of 45, from pneumonia from which he had suffered for several weeks. But without children, the question of his heir has long been asked. For Farrokh Bulsara of his real name, the choice was made. He bequeathed half of his inheritance to his longtime ex-girlfriend, Mary Austin. Along with half of Freddie Mercury’s fortune, she is also bequeathed her Georgian home in Kensington, London, a percentage of future sales of her artist’s records and Queen’s last four albums.

Mary Austin cold with Freddie Mercury’s sidekicks

Mary Austin met Freddie Mercury in 1970 and they began a romantic relationship soon after. Their story ended in the mid-1970s due to the star’s attraction to men. But Mary Austin has remained a staunch friend. What to create some tensions with the members of the group Queen. The links between them and the young woman quickly deteriorated after the death of the singer. “Freddie had warned me that the house was going to be a much bigger challenge than I imagined,” the main respondent recalled to the Daily Mail in 2013. “I don’t think the remaining members of Queen never came to terms with that. I don’t understand it. Because to me it’s bricks and mortar. “

Freddie Mercury © ALPHA AGENCY

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