Freddie Mercury‘s openness about his AIDS analysis has gone down as a “cultural touchstone second”, in line with the Nationwide AIDS Belief.
The Queen frontman died 30 years in the past yesterday (November 24), and shared his AIDS analysis with the world the day earlier than he handed away.
Discussing the lasting legacy of his determination to share his analysis earlier than his demise, Nationwide Aids Belief chief government Deborah Gold informed PA: “Within the quick time frame earlier than he died, he was open about the truth that he had AIDS, and when these moments occur, it’s doable to seize maintain of them and use them for one thing else.”
She added: “These cultural touchstone moments turn into actually, actually necessary for elevating consciousness, for reminding folks it (HIV) continues to be right here, reminding folks what they should do to guard themselves.”
Gold additionally spoke about how the surviving members of Queen arrange the Mercury Belief charity within the wake of Mercury’s demise, which funds international initiatives to stop HIV and AIDS.
“They have been capable of take a very upsetting and unhappy state of affairs and used the educational from that to actually influence change,” she mentioned.
To mark the anniversary of Mercury’s demise, a brand new documentary will air on BBC Two on Saturday (November 27), telling the story of the “extraordinary last chapter” of his life.
Titled Freddie Mercury: The Ultimate Act, the documentary will chart occasions from the Queen frontman’s last gig, his demise in November 1991 from issues of AIDS, by way of to the tribute live performance on April 20, 1992 at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The documentary will function new interviews with Queen members Brian Might and Roger Taylor, together with Freddie’s sister Kashmira Bulsara, associates Anita Dobson and David Wigg, and PA Peter Freestone.