Freddy Mercury: Star was ‘months’ away from life-extending treatment, says Brian May

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The untimely death of Freddy Mercury in 1991 due to complications from AIDS made the rounds of the music world. To this day, his death is still on the minds of those closest to him, including Elton John and Queen co-star Brian May – both of whom have spoken of his final moments. In a new BBC Radio 2 interview, May said he was still “struggling” with Mercury’s death.

The star’s 1998 album Another World was an attempt to focus on something other than Mercury’s death, he explained.

“I’m struggling to get out of what is still a tough place after losing Freddie and kind of losing my sense of reality,” he said.

Mercury, who was only 45 when he died, did not speak publicly about his diagnosis until the day before his death.

But behind the scenes, for months, his closest friends saw the reality of Mercury’s decline.

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According to Elton John, the star was “covered in Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions”, tumors that appear as purple spots on the skin, and was “too fragile to get out of bed”.

“I knew exactly what this was going to do to Freddie. So did he. He knew death, an agonizing death, was coming,” Elton John wrote in his 2013 book.

“Yet he was still definitely Freddie, gossipy, completely outrageous,” John added.

“I couldn’t determine if he didn’t realize how close he was to death or if he knew full well but was determined not to let what was happening to him stop him from being himself. .”

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Brian May even revealed to The Sunday Times that AIDS had cost the star his foot, which he was upset about as it left the Queen singer in “terrible pain”.

“The problem was actually his foot, and tragically there was very little left.

“One time he showed it to us at dinner. And he said, ‘Oh Brian, I’m sorry I pissed you off by showing you this.’

“And I said, ‘I’m not upset, Freddie, except to realize you have to put up with all this terrible pain’.”

HIV, which stands for human immunodeficiency virus, is the virus that damages your immune system cells, making it harder for your body to fight off everyday illnesses.

AIDS is used to describe life-threatening infections and illnesses that people living with HIV may develop.

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Without treatment, AIDS is estimated to kill people within three years. But thanks to advances in research, AIDS is no longer an immediate death sentence.

Treatment for the virus includes antiretroviral drugs, which are offered by the NHS.

These drugs work by stopping the virus from replicating in the body.

Researchers also plan to use gene-editing technology to discover lasting HIV treatments.

In a new study published in Nature Communications, US researchers used a technology called CRISPR to find 86 genes that may play a role in the multiplication of HIV viruses.

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