Queen’s Guitarist Talks About Freddie Mercury’s AIDS Struggle, Reveals Singer Lost His Foot

The singer tragically died at the age of 45 after a battle with the disease.

In an interview with Sunday Times, Queen’s guitarist revealed details about the struggles Freddie Mercury went through while battling AIDS- including losing most of his foot.


According to Sunday Times, Queen’s Brian May talks about Freddie Mercury’s struggles with AIDS, revealing that he had lost most of his foot at some point. According to May, Freddie was initially reluctant to share the details of his struggle, but the band members were all aware of its gravity.

Freddie’s Struggle with AIDs

“The problem was actually his foot, and tragically there was very little left of it. Once, he showed it to us at dinner. And he said, ‘Oh Brian, I’m sorry I’ve upset you by showing you that’.

“And I said, ‘I’m not upset, Freddie, except to realize you have to put up with all this terrible pain’.”

Brian said he was sure that Mercury would still be with us today if the current “magic cocktail” of drugs therapy for the disease had come “just a few months” earlier.

About Freddie 

In 1991, Freddie died from bronchial pneumonia – from his AIDS- when he was only 45 years old.  He died in his home in Kensington. He also reportedly left the vast majority of his wealth to his parents and sister. He also left a bit of his wealth for his partner, Jim Hutton, his chef, his personal assistant and his driver.

His diagnosis of HIV/AIDS became publically known in October 1986, when the British Press first reported it. According to his partner Jim Hutton, he had been diagnosed with AIDS in late April 1987. At first Freddie denied having any sexually transmitted disease when constantly harassed by the media.

After he died, fans of the singer expressed their grievances and tributes to him through graffiti on the outer walls of the Garden Lodge at Logan Place. Three years following his death, Time Out magazine said: “Since Freddie’s death, the wall outside the house has become London’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll shrine.” To this day, fans still pay visits to the wall to draw on the wall in tribute to Mercury.