The legendary lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, was diagnosed with AIDS in the late ‘80s and passed away a few years later. But what were his last days like? From his final songs to last birthday, here’s what happened in the final year of Freddie Mercury’s life.
Mercury spent the last years of his life involved with men, but his greatest love was a woman. Mary Austin remained by his side for his whole life, despite no formal vow exchange. As shown in the popular film Bohemian Rhapsody, they were a couple for six years and friends until the very end. When Mercury finally became too frail to manage alone, she became one of his caretakers. What makes that more impressive is that at the time, she was in a relationship, had a son, and was pregnant with her second.
December 25th, 1990 was Mercury's last Christmas, which he reportedly spent with Austin and her family. According to Refinery 29, the love Mercury had for Austin was clear. In fact, he left Austin his home and half of his fortune, and in the end she got $37.5 million.
The last months of Mercury's life were low-key. His health didn't permit him to live like a king as he once used to. Refusing to become the poster boy for AIDS, he became a social recluse.
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Living like a recluse | 0:15
1991 album | 1:09
Final music video | 2:20
Last birthday | 2:57
Passing away | 3:59
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