Freddie Mercury. . Freddie didn' t announce publicly that he had AIDS until the day before he died in 1991. Although he was flamboyant electric front man on par Freddie Mercury didn' t announce publicly that he had AIDS until the day before died in 1991 Although was flamboyant electric front man on par
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Freddie Mercury

Freddie didn' t announce publicly that he had AIDS
until the day before he died in 1991. Although he was
flamboyant electric front man on par with
Bowie and Jaggerjax was an Intensely private man
offstage. But Freddie told me he had AIDS soon after he
was diagnosed in 1937. I was devastated. Pd seen what
the disease had done to so many of my other friends. I
knew exactly what it was going to do to Freddie. As did
he. He knew death, agonizing death, was coming. But
Freddie was incredibly courageous. He kept up
appearances, he kept Queen, and he
kept being the funny, outrageous, and profoundly
generous person he had always been.
As Freddie deteriorated in the late and early
it was almost too much to bear. It broke my heart to
see this absolute light unto the world ravaged by AIDS.
By the end, his body was covered with Kaposi' s sarcoma
lesions. He was almost blind. He was too weak to even
stand.
By all rights, Freddie should have spent those final
days concerned only with his own comfort. But that
wasn' t who he was. He truly lived for others. Freddie had
passed on November 24, 1991, and weeks after the
funeral, I was still grieving. On Christmas Day, 1 learned
that Freddie had left me one final testament to his
selflessness. I was moping about when a friend showed
up at my door and handed me something wrapped in a
pillowcase. I opened it up, and inside was a painting by
one of my favorite artists, the British painter
Tuke. And there was a note from Freddie, Years before,
Freddie andi had developed pet names for each other,
our dramaqueen alter egos. I was Sharon, and he was
Melina. Freddie' s note read, "Dear Sharon, thought
youll like this. Love, Melina. Happy Christmas."
I was overcome, forty- four years old at the time,
crying like a child. Here was this beautiful man, dying
from AIDS, and in his final days, he had somehow
managed to find me a lovely Christmas present. As sad as
that moment was, it' s often the one I think about when I
remember Freddie, because it captures the character of
the man. In death, he reminded me ehwhat made him so
special in life. "
Matr Elton John
Love is the Cure.
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