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'Freddy Mercury only spoke out about having HIV just before his death'

24 November 2021 10:15 AM
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Pippa Hudson chats to retired judge, Edwin Cameron, Dr Ian Sanne of Right To Care, and the TAC's Sibongile Tshabalala.

Freddie Mercury died on 24 November 1991 at his home in London following complications from AIDS.

His death at 45 came the day after he made his HIV status publicly known.

Mercury is regarded as one of Rock’s greatest singers and performers.

His band Queen scored 40 Top 40 hits in the UK and a worldwide number one with “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

13% of all South Africans are living with HIV and Aids. People choose not to speak about and that is their choice, but it would be very helpful if people did what Freddie Mercury did 48 hours before his death - and it would be helpful if they did it while living.

Justice Edwin Cameron - Retired Constitutional Court judge

At the time of his death, only monotherapy such as the drug AZT was in use, which only worked for a very short period and then stopped being effective.

It was only in the succeeding years after Freddie had already died they discovered that if you put the drugs into a triple combination, that is what has kept me alive since 1997.

Justice Edwin Cameron - Retired Constitutional Court judge

Retired Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron, Right to Care MD Dr Ian Sanne, and the Treatment Action Campaign chair Sibongile Tshabalala share stories and memories about Freddy mercury's life and death and the impact he made.

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“Where were you when Freddy Mercury died?” asks Pippa Hudson from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Tune in for what promises to be an emotional trip down memory lane.




24 November 2021 10:15 AM
Tags:
Freddie Mercury
Queen
Pippa Hudson
Lunch with Pippa Hudson

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