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Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury by Matt RichardsFor the first time, the final years of one of the worlds most captivating rock showman are laid bare. Including interviews from Freddie Mercurys closest friends in the last years of his life, along with personal photographs, Somebody to Love is an authoritative biography of the great man.
Here are previously unknown and startling facts about the singer and his life, moving detail on his lifelong search for love and personal fulfilment, and of course his tragic contraction of a then killer disease in the mid-1980s.
Woven throughout Freddies life is the shocking story of how the HIV virus came to hold the world in its grip, was cruelly labelled The Gay Plague and the unwitting few who indirectly infected thousands of men, women and children - Freddie Mercury himself being one of the most famous.
The death of this vibrant and spectacularly talented rock star, shook the world of medicine as well as the world of music. Somebody to Love finally puts the record straight and pays detailed tribute to the man himself.
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The 11th Brit Awards, held on Feb. Rumors about Mercury's health had swirled for years, with the U. Mercury denied the reports, but — as it had with Elton John during roughly the same time period — The Sun knew sensationalism sold regardless of proof, and continued to publish Mercury gossip while hiring photographers to hound him. In truth, while the public remained largely unaware of Mercury's AIDS diagnosis — which he reportedly received as early as the spring of — there were reasons to believe all was not well, among them the fact that Queen opted not to tour behind its album The Miracle. As guitarist Brian May later explained, although the decision to remain off the road was Mercury's, not even his bandmates really understood the nature of his health woes. Gradually, I suppose in the last year and a bit, it became obvious what the problem was, or at least fairly obvious.
I have this thing, and as far as I know there's no cure and I only have a certain amount of time left. I want to have this conversation, I want life to carry on exactly as it is, I want to make records, I don't want anyone to know, I don't want anyone to talk about it from this point forwards and that's it. For quite a long time we tried to tell ourselves it was other things. He knew that if he did announce it his life would become a circus and he would be prevented from going about his business, which was making music. He wanted it to be business as usual until the end. He was incredibly self-contained. We didn't feel we could speak about it to anyone.
Dr Atkinson made three separate visits yesterday to the house in Kensington, West London. His death was the result of broncho-pneumonia, brought on by AIDS. Showbiz stars were stunned after Freddie announced on Saturday that he had the killer virus.
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Mercury denied he had a sexually transmitted disease. Around that time, Mercury claimed in an interview to have tested negative for HIV. At the Brit Awards held at the Dominion Theatre, London, on 18 February, a visibly frail Mercury made his final public appearance on stage when he joined the rest of Queen to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. However, Mercury and his inner circle of colleagues and friends, whom he felt he could trust, continually denied the stories, even after one front page article published on 29 April showed Mercury appearing very haggard in what was by then a rare public appearance. It has been suggested that he could have made a contribution to AIDS awareness by speaking earlier about his situation and his fight against the disease. Mercury kept his condition private to protect those closest to him, with Brian May confirming in a interview he had informed the band of his illness much earlier. After the conclusion of his work with Queen in June Mercury retired to his home in Kensington.
Mercury, who died from complications of AIDS in , is at the center of a Queen biopic that touches on his life — and shocking death at the age of The foursome traveled to a studio in Montreux, Switzerland where their final recording as a band with Mercury was made. He obviously was in a lot of pain and discomfort. He loved making music, he lived for it. The singer might have wanted to be left alone from the press, but he continued to be hungry for more music. Write me stuff.