Freddie and AIDS
A piece of news about an amazing musician with a horrible disease
“I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV-positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease.”
Those were the words pronounced by Farrokh Bulsara, AKA Freddie Mercury, the flamboyant front man of the band Queen, one day before his death, on November 24th, 1991. Despite trying to hide as much as possible his serious health problems, there were many rumors circulating around, and they were actually true. Freddie had AIDS, and it eventually killed one of the most outstanding musicians of the 1980’s.
But why did he want so much to hide it? He tried to send a message to all people around the world who have AIDS, to not be destroyed by a virus, to accomplish every single one of your dreams until the very last day of your life, to not be stopped by a death sentence, no matter how hard and deadly it sounds. In a certain way, Freddie can be seen as a symbol of strength and tenacity for HIV-positive people. Although he did not make any kind of fundraising during his lifetime, he definitely inspired his friends and fans around the world to make a difference, to not be afraid of living with AIDS. Furthermore, many musicians, including Sir Elton John, decided to make a post-mortem concert in honor of Freddie to support AIDS research, in April 1992, at Wembley Stadium, the place where Freddie lived his most triumphant moments.
- - "Farrokh Bulsara." 2014. The Biography.com website. Web. Apr 23 2014.
- - Gunn, Jacky, and Jenkins, Jim. "Freddie Mercury: biography.” Freddie Mercury website. nd. Web. Apr 23 2014.