Queen's Brian May says he had a 'stomach explosion' that nearly killed him

Julia Hunt
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Brian May of Queen performs on stage during 2019 Global Citizen Festival at Central Park (Photo by Lev Radin / Pacific Press/Sipa USA)
Brian May on stage during 2019 Global Citizen Festival in New York. (Pacific Press/Sipa USA)

Brian May has told how he almost died of a “stomach explosion” during his recovery from a heart attack.

The Queen guitarist, 73, revealed in May that he had to undergo surgery to fit three stents after suffering a "small" heart attack where he said he "could have died".

"I turned out to have three arteries that were congested and in danger of blocking the supply of blood to my heart," he said in a video at the time.

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Talking to The Times about his recovery, May said it was “a long climb back”.

“I’ve had complications due to the drugs I’m on, one of which was a stomach explosion that nearly killed me,” he said.

May has suffered a series of health issues in recent months.

In December, the rock star shared that he had undergone surgery on his leg to help treat a “painful heel situation” that had been affecting the way he moved around when he was performing on stage with his band.

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And earlier this year he told fans on Instagram that he had to go to hospital after ripping his buttock muscle “to shreds” during some “over-enthusiastic gardening”.

The musician posted a picture on Instagram showing him in a mask as he assured fans that it was a gardening gaffe and not the coronavirus that had landed him in hospital.

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