Brian May Reveals Freddie Lost His Foot While Battling AIDS
Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed that his late bandmate Freddie Mercury lost most of his foot while he was battling AIDS.
Mercury passed away in 1991 of bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS aged just 45 years old.
Now May has spoken out about Mercury’s illness in his new book about the band called 'Queen in 3-D'
In an excerpt published in The Sunday Times, May writes:
“The problem was actually his foot, and tragically there was very little left of it. 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 realise you have to put up with all this terrible pain.'”
In an interview with the newspaper, May said that Mercury rarely spoke about his battle with AIDS.
“He said, ‘I suppose you realise that I’m dealing with this illness.’ Of course, we all knew [he had AIDS], but we didn’t want to. He said, ‘You probably gather that I’m dealing with this thing and I don’t want to talk about it and I don’t want our lives to change, but that’s the situation.’ And then he would move on.”
Queen in 3-D by Brian May is published this week.
May has also recently revealed that the long-planned Queen biopic will now be released in 2018.