National Aids Trust on importance of Freddie Mercury sharing his diagnosis before his death

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Tomorrow (24 November) marks 30 years since the death of the Queen frontman

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Freddie Mercury’s openness about his AIDS diagnosis has gone down as a “cultural touchstone moment,” according to the National AIDS Trust.

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The Queen frontman passed away 30 years ago yesterday (24 November), and the day before he passed away, he shared his AIDS diagnosis with the world.

Discussing the enduring legacy of her decision to share her diagnosis before her death, Deborah Gould, chief executive of the National AIDS Trust, explained the countryside: “In the short period before death, he was open about the fact that he had AIDS, and that when those moments come, it is possible to hold onto them and use them for something else.”

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She continued: “Those cultural touchstone moments become really important to raise awareness, to remind people that this (HIV) is still here, to remind people that they need to be themselves. What needs to be done to save?

Gould also spoke about how surviving members of the Queen set up the Mercury Trust charity, which funds global initiatives to prevent HIV and AIDS, in the wake of Mercury’s death.

“They were able to take a really upsetting and sad situation and use the learning from it to really effect change,” she said.

Freddie Mercury. credit: Steve Jennings / WireImage

To mark the anniversary of Mercury’s death, a new documentary will air on BBC Two on Saturday (27 November), telling the story of the “extraordinary final chapter” of his life.

Topic Freddie Mercury: The Final Act, the documentary will chart the events of the Queen frontman’s final gig, his death from complications of AIDS in November 1991, through a tribute concert at London’s Wembley Stadium on 20 April 1992.

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The documentary will feature new interviews with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, Freddy’s sister Kashmera Bulsara, friends Anita Dobson and David Wiig, and PA Peter Freestone.

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