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Freddie Mercury Showed How Brave He Was In Final Footage Of Him Alive

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Freddie Mercury Showed How Brave He Was In Final Footage Of Him Alive

In what is believed to be Freddie Mercury's final ever footage before he passed away, he showed just how brave he was after suffering from AIDS - the eventual cause of his death. Watch below:

The footage shows the iconic Queen frontman preparing for the final music video he made with the band, titled 'These Are the Days of Our Lives'.

Freddie is behind the scenes of the shoot and is seen to be practicing the routine while applying a lot of make-up to hide the illness that had taken over him.

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In the documentary by BBC Four, Brian May said Freddie spent 'hours and hours and hours in make-up'.

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Credit: Alamy

In the end, May says that this is the song Freddie says 'goodbye' in when he looks down the camera at the end of the music video and mouths: "I still love you."

A 2015 study delved into the science behind why the Queen frontman's voice was so remarkable.

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A team of Austrian, Czech, and Swedish researchers found that the average vibrato varies from 5.4 Hz to 6.9 Hz; Mercury's was 7.04 Hz.

Lead author Professor Christian Herbs told NPR at the time: "Usually, you can sing a straight tone, but opera singers try to modulate the fundamental frequencies.

"So they make the tone, if you like, a bit more vibrant. Typically, an opera singer's vibrato has this frequency of about 5.5-6 Hz. Freddie Mercury's is higher, and it's also more irregular, and that kind of creates a very typical vocal fingerprint."

Freddie's life was revisited in the 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Rami Malek took on the role of Freddie, copying the star's movements and mannerisms incredibly precisely.

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Rami won Best Actor at the 2019 Oscars and the film ended up winning four Academy Awards in total.

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Credit: Alamy

Brian May said at the time: "He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie. Really remarkable."

The movie follows the story of the epic band's rise to fame, quarrels, taking in Freddie's relationship with Mary Austin, his AIDs diagnosis and Queen's iconic Live Aid performance in 1985.

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Freddie passed away almost 30 years ago this month, on 24 November 1991.

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Topics: Music, freddie mercury, Queen

Anish Vij
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