Brian May, the iconic guitarist of the rock band Queen, has revealed how he nearly died after a catastrophic “stomach explosion”.
While 2020 has come with a worldwide health crisis, one which has put the 73-year-old rocker in the “vulnerable” category by government guidelines, May has faced his own health battles away from the current pandemic—and it nearly cost him his life.
Earlier this year, May was in the headlines after he injured himself with a severe tear of the gluteus maximus muscle in arse, one that was caused by a “moment of over-enthusiastic gardening.” While some fans were happy to make comical jokes about the injury, the incident would go on to more severe issues for the musician.
During an MRI scan for his glute tear, doctors found a heavily compressed sciatic nerve which May would go o to describe as a feeling as though “someone was putting a screwdriver in my back.” Given the stresses of his deteriorating health, things took a more severe turn for May when he suffered a small heart attack. As a result, the guitarist required surgery to place three stents into three blocked arteries. It was an incident he described as “very near death”.
Now, as he is on the mend, May has been reflecting how the situation took yet another near-death turn. Speaking to the Times, May explained that the medication he was taking as a result of the heart attack caused major complications, “one of which was a stomach explosion that nearly killed me,” he said.
“The heart attack was a symbol of an arterial disease,” May added, “but I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t have high cholesterol and I was exercising through the tour, so why did it happen? At least I now have a heart that is working far better than it was.”
Now though, May is close to his full health. “I’m incredibly grateful that I now have a life to lead again,” he said. “I was actually very near death. But I’m good. I’m here. I’m ready to rock.”