When did Freddie Mercury die and who was the Queen singer's fiancee Mary Austin?
24th November 2021

MUSIC legend Freddie Mercury died 30 years ago on November 24, 1991.

Here's the lowdown on the Queen's frontman who has been hailed as one of the best voices of all time.

When did Freddie Mercury die?

After many years touring the world and producing hit after hit, Mercury was diagnosed with Aids, according to his partner Jim Hutton, shortly after Easter 1987.

He kept this as a private matter and denied the diagnosis as rumours continued.

His sexuality was often a topic of discussion as he had both female and male partners, with friends commenting he was openly gay, but he also kept this a private matter.

Freddie made his final public appearance when he joined the rest of Queen on stage to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

On November 23, 1991, a statement was made on his behalf which confirmed he was ill.

Just over 24 hours after issuing the statement, the music legend died at the age of 45.

What was Freddie Mercury's last performance?

Because Freddie Mercury was diagnosed as having Aids in 1987, the band stopped touring.

This made the concert at Knebworth on August 9, 1986, the last time the four original members of Queen performed on stage together.

Was Freddie Mercury engaged to Mary Austin?

Yes, he was – the couple dated for several years before he proposed in 1973.

Freddie also dedicated the Queen hit Love Of My Love to Mary.

The pair eventually split up after she helped him to accept that he was gay, but remained best friends until he died.

Opening up about their relationship while he was still alive, Freddie said: "All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible.

"The only friend I’ve got is Mary, and I don’t want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage.

“We believe in each other. That’s enough for me. I couldn’t fall in love with a man the same way as I have with Mary.”

When Freddie died, he left Mary half of his £75million estate.

When is the Freddie Mercury documentary?

BBC2 is set to reveal a new heartbreaking documentary, to mark the 30th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death.

Freddie Mercury: The Final Act, is set to air on Saturday November 27, 2021 at 9pm.

The 90-minute-documentary reveals the showman's final months and features interviews with some of Mercury's closest people, including his bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor.

May said:"There were signs something was wrong. We’d seen him disappearing and coming back with these kind of burns to his skin.

"Eventually Freddie sat down and said, ‘okay you guys probably know what’s going on with me. I don’t want to talk about it. I just want to keep on making music for as long as I can.’ And that was it."

 

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