Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, made his last public appearance in 1990, February 18.
Mercury looked gaunt and acted unusually reserved at the event, when the band received their award he walked to the podium but guitarist Brian May did the speaking. Freddie Mercury simply added ‘thank you…goodnight.’
His last words to the public until November 23, 1991 when he confirmed his AIDS diagnosis with this public statement:
“Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors, and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand this policy will continue”.
A little more than 24 hours later Mercury died, on November 24, in London.