On November 23, 1991, 27 years ago, one of the emblematic rock figures made public its difficult reality: Freddie Mercury decided to tell the world that he had AIDS.
His life changed four years ago when he learned that two ex-boyfriends contracted the HIV virus. Mercury did the corresponding analysis and the results were not good.
For a long time he kept the secret. He only knew his closest environment, as his ex-girlfriend Mary Austin and the members of his band, Queen.
But the media began to speculate. The singer had changed physically and spent much more time in his home, which later became known for accommodating her to undergo treatments and continue composing.
But Mercury wanted to open the eyes of the world before his situation, so he sent a statement to the press.
"After a huge conjecture in the press, I want to confirm that I am HIV positive and I have AIDS. I felt it was right to keep the privacy of this information to protect the privacy of the people around me"wrote the musician.
"Now It's time for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth.I hope that everyone joins me, my doctors and all those in the world in the fight against this terrible disease, "he added.
One day later After releasing the message on the evening of November 24, 1991, a brief statement from its advertiser, Roxy Meades, confirmed that Freddie Mercury is dead at peace in his house. His death was the result of bronchopneumonia caused by AIDS. "
He was only 45 years old.
Although, according to TimeMercury did not want to be a "child symbol" of AIDS, it ended up contributing significantly to its prevention. Thanks to him, he also inspired organizations and raised millions of dollars for his research.
The last video that Mercury recorded with Queen was "These are the days of our lives", on May 30, 1991.