Freddie Mercury's heartbreaking final words to fans hours before his death

Darcy Rafter September 5, 2022
Freddie Mercury's heartbreaking final words to fans hours before his death

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Freddie Mercury would have turned 76 today, September 5, and still, in 2022, the 80’s singer is widely considered one of the greatest pop sensations of all time.

With a career spanning two decades long, the frontman of Queen was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987. Yet, he continued to make music with the band for four years before his 1991 death. He was posthumously featured on the band’s 1995 album titled Made In Heaven.

Now, three decades after his passing, we look back on what Freddie Mercury’s heartbreaking final words were to fans. They came just 24 hours before his untimely death at the age of 45. 

What was Freddie Mercury’s final statement?

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Freddie Mercury’s final words to fans were heartbreaking as he released a statement just 24 hours before he died. In the announcement, he explained to the world he had privately been battling a debilitating disease.

His statement read: “Following enormous conjecture in the press, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS.

“I felt it correct to keep this information private in order to protect the privacy of those around me.

“However, the time has now come for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth, and I hope everyone will join with me, my doctors, and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease.”

The singer only confirmed he had aids via a statement which was released a mere twenty-four hours before he died on November 24, 1991. Many fans wouldn’t have known he was battling the disease until this point.

Mercury passed away from bronchopneumonia, an AIDS-related complication. An intimate funeral service for the singer was attended by just 35 people in West London.

Freddie’s ‘hidden message in final Queen music video’

Another message fans believe Mercury left for them was in his final music video with Queen. This was for the single These Are The Days of Our Lives.

The singer said in the poignant message to his fans, “I still love you” at the very end of the clip. Some believe it was almost foreshadowing his tragic death, which came 6 months later.

These Are The Days Of Our Lives was released after Mercury’s death in December 1991 and zoomed straight to the top of the charts.

Inside Freddie Mercury’s love life

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Freddie was openly bisexual, he was once engaged to his “best friend” Mary Austin. He left his £25 million London home to his close friend, and she still lives in his West London mansion.

The pair dated during the early days of the band but later split up romantically, and Mary remained his close confidant.

Yet he also found love toward the end of his life with Irish hairdresser, Jim Hutton. He was with Freddie for the last seven years of his life. Hutton sadly died of cancer in 2011.

For support and information on HIV or AIDS, please visit Terrence Higgins TrustPositively UK or National AIDS Trust.

For those in the USA, you can also call The Body’s 24-Hour HIV Hotline or visit the CDC. There is also a list of State HIV/AIDS hotlines and resources here.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.