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Brian May Opens Up On Freddie Mercury’s AIDS Battle

Brian May is in the middle of doing press for the new Queen photo book Queen in 3D, but in a recent interview, he shared some shocking details about Freddie Mercury’s battle with AIDS.

In speaking with U.K.’s Sunday Times magazine, May revealed that Mercury’s AIDS caused the deterioration of the singer’s foot and said, “…tragically there was very little left of it.”  Mercury showed his bandmates what was left of his photo while they were having dinner one evening.  Mercury apologized for showing his foot to a shocked May, but the guitarist said he told Mercury, “I’m not upset, Freddie, except to realize you have to put up with all this terrible pain.”

May also said that Mercury’s passing came just months before some of the first antiretroviral treatments came out, which he said, “If it had been a bit later he would still have been with us, I'm sure.”

Fans can remember Freddie fondly when Queen in 3D is released August 24.  The book is available for purchase at Amazon, and a special preview of the book can be viewed below.

Brian May's Queen in 3-D Teaser Three years in the making and it's now less than two months until #Queenin3D hits stores - Brian May is here to share the magic. Enjoy!


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)