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Freddie Mercury’s Last Known Footage Before His Death Will Break Your Heart
By Mikelle Leow, 27 Nov 2018
Video screenshot via QueenAllTheWay
27 years later, Freddie Mercury’s death is still being felt by fans all over the world. The release of the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, only underscores the rock legend’s absence.
A documentary produced by BBC Four has resurfaced, courtesy of fan YouTube account QueenAllTheWay, showing some of the very last moments leading to Mercury’s passing.
The 11-minute clip reveals an ashen Mercury performing for the video of These Are the Days of Our Lives. Here, the lead singer of Queen is seen with a lot of foundation and concealer to mask his illness; according to guitarist Brian May, the makeup process took Mercury “hours and hours and hours.”
The video also shows Mercury sitting in between cuts because he had difficulty standing up, May described. When the cameras rolled, however, he would exaggerate his gestures to compensate for how weak he felt.
Mercury’s death came at a time when the world was more close-minded on issues relating to the LGBTQ community. Many were less empathetic toward his passing, and had attributed it to a “promiscuous” lifestyle.
In a bid to bring him justice, the band’s remaining members, May and drummer Roger Taylor, went on television to defend the man shortly after his death.
“I tell you, we do feel absolutely bound to stick up for him, because he can’t stick up for himself anymore,” Taylor said in an interview with now-defunct UK television network TV-am. Watch the video below.
[via LADbible, video and cover image via QueenAllTheWay]
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