FREDDIE MERCURY died after years owning the stage in the band Queen - but how did he die and what happened to his possessions? A public statement was released by Queen’s manager shortly before his death to confirm that he had been tested HIV positive and had AIDS. For the casual moviegoer or Queen fan, a prominent question is likely: How did Freddie Mercury die? Despite battling illnesses brought about by AIDS, that did not stop him from performing. He truly lived for others. ", When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. The charismatic Queen front man could get whole stadiums to sing along, and his death came tragically early. Despite keeping his illness a secret, Freddie still wanted to spend time with his friend during his last days. He was 45 years old. "I was moping about when a friend showed up at my door and handed me something wrapped in a pillowcase. One of them was for his close friend, Elton. In his memoir, Elton wrote: "He was too frail to get out of bed, he was losing his sight, his body was covered in Kaposi's sarcoma lesions, and yet he was still definitely Freddie, gossiping away, completely outrageous. Happy Christmas.". Here was this beautiful man, dying from AIDS, and in his final days, he had somehow managed to find me a lovely Christmas present. His illness was something that only his closest friends were aware of until close to his death, and in his statement, he said: ‘I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease.’. It’s a theatrical event.’, ‘I won’t be a rock star. Freddie Mercury was near death when Brian May showed him a scene from the then-unreleased movie Wayne’s World.In the clip – which has become one of the most celebrated in rock-movie history – the lead characters are seen head-banging to the Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”. He wasn’t sad. Freddie Mercury didn't just have a legendary singing voice, he also had a legendary strut and a legendary stage presence. Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara) was born on 05 September 1946 Thursday in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar and died of bronchopneumonia as a complication of aids on 24 November 1991 Sunday. 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