Brian May says he had to ‘fight’ his way back to good health after heart attack

Brian May says he had to ‘fight’ his way back after unexpected heart attack (Picture: Rex/Brian May)

Brian May has opened up about his heart attack, saying he had to ‘fight’ his way back to good health.

The Queen guitarist, 74, admitted he didn’t see the heart attack coming, and it took him a while to get back to his old self.

‘What also happened was I got very sick. I got a heart attack for no reason I can possibly see. I didn’t really tick any of the boxes for heart attacks but I got it,’ he told the PA news agency.

‘That knocks you back, I have to say. It knocks the stuffing out of you. I had a lot of other complications.’

The musician revealed last year that doctors had also treated him for multiple complications, including a stomach haemorrhage, and inserted three stents, as his ‘small’ heart attack brought other underlying heath issues to the surface.

Speaking to The Guardian in 2020, he revealed he was ‘very near death,’ as the drugs he was on afterwards caused complications.

The Queen legend bravely opened up about the long-term impact his heart attack had on his health (Picture: Matthew Baker/Getty Images)

He told The Times that a stomach explosion ‘nearly killed him.’

May discussed his recovery as he marked the reissue of his 1992 solo album Back To The Light, which was recorded and released during Queen’s final years with Freddie Mercury.

He wrote Back To The Light during a time when his marriage to first wife Christine Mullen was breaking down, his father Harold died and Mercury became seriously ill with Aids, as a way of dealing with the ‘very black place’ he was in.

Queen performed as a four, including Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, until Mercury’s death in 1991 (Picture: Redferns)

May still performs with Queen and Adam Lambert, and the band are touring arenas across the country again in 2022.

He also reflected on his friendship with frontman Mercury, who was ‘very at peace’ prior to his death.

He recalled one of the last times the pair spoke and how he ‘never had the chance to really say goodbye,’ but the two had their own ‘peaceful’ moments.

Freddie Mercury died after becoming seriously ill with Aids (Picture: FG/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images)

‘We had some quiet time together which was very precious and I remember him saying to me, and me and Anita (Dobson, his second wife) were both here, and he said: “You guys don’t have to feel you need to entertain me. I just like you being here, it is nicer to share these moments.”

During a Q&A session, May confessed he was ‘nervous’ about striking out as a solo artist while Mercury was ill, ‘when Queen needed to be cohesive and behind Freddie.’

He didn’t tell his bandmate this, but it seemed the rock legend could read his friend’s mind.

‘I just looked at him and he said: “I know what you are thinking. You are worrying that this is going to be in some way detrimental or disrespectful to me because of what I am going through. Don’t even think that. Don’t even go there. You should embark on this as your solo career. It is the right time. Go for it.”’

The reissued version of Back To The Light is out now.

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