Brian May imagined his funeral after suffering from heart attack

News 27/05/2020

Queen guitarist Brian May has shared his feelings upon receiving outpouring support from fans after suffering a minor heart attack.

"This is going to sound very strange, but I sort of feel like I died, and yet I was able to come to the funeral and see all the tributes and stuff," May says in a new video shared with fans. "I often think that at funerals: All these people come and say these wonderful things about the person that's gone – but you can't hear it ... and so I'm lucky I got to hear it. So, my life is complete. I'm sorry that sounds weird, but I don't know, I can't compare it with anything."

It's been difficult for May in the last few weeks. Earlier this month, May injured his gluteus maximus during an "overenthusiastic gardening" session. Later, he had suffered from sciatic nerve pain before disclosing on social media that he had also suffered a small heart attack.

Doctors have told May that his nerve pain may have been caused by wearing a heavy guitar around his neck, following a lower-back MRI.

In an Instagram post referencing Queen's 1974 album, 'Sheer Heart Attack', May explained that the small heart attack was "about 40 minutes of pain in the chest, and tightness, and that feeling in the arms, and sweating."

May had ultimately opted against open-heart surgery and had three stents implanted in him to maintain proper blood flow.

"I'm taking it easy and taking all the right things and do the physio and all the rest of it," May said on Instagram. "So, I'm gonna be fully functional pretty soon. But thank you, thank you, thank you – that's all I can say – for the fantastic, fantastic amount of love you give me."