On November 23, 1991, 27 years ago, one of the rock's emblematic 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 former lovers contracted the HIV virus. Mercury did the right analyzes, and the results were not good.
For long it kept the secret. He knew only his closest environment, like his ex-girlfriend Mary Austin and his band members, Queen.
But the media began to speculate. The singer physically changed and spent much more time in his house, which was later known to host her to undergo treatments and continue to compose.
But Mercur wanted to open the eyes of the world before his situation, so he sent a statement to the press.
"After a huge assumption in the press, I want to confirm that I am HIV positive and that I have AIDS. I felt it was right to keep the privacy of this information to protect the privacy of those around methe musician wrote.
"now It is time for our friends and fans all over the world to know the truth, and I hope that everyone will join me, my doctors and all around the world in the fight against this terrible disease, "he added.
A day later After the release of the message, on the night of November 24, 1991, a short statement by her publisher, Roxy Meades, confirmed that "Freddie Mercury is dead in peace in his house. His death was the result of a bronchopneumonia caused by AIDS. "
He was only 45 years old.
Although, according to time, Mercury did not want to be a "symbolic child" of AIDS, but contributed in an important way to prevent it. Thanks to him, he also inspired organizations and gathered millions of dollars for his research.
The last movie Mercury recorded with the queen was "These are the days of our lives" on May 30, 1991.