‘Queen’ Guitarist Brian May, 72, Rushed to Hospital After Apparent Heart Attack

Carla Harmon
May 26, 2020

Brian May released a detailed video on his Instagram page today (May 25) detailing the freakish chain of events that led to his hospitalisation.

As it turns out, while he did tear his gluteus maximus, he also has a compressed sciatic nerve that was causing him huge amounts of pain.

He explained: "I mean real agony".

"I wanted to jump at some points, I couldn't believe the pain".

Still, May's pain continued, and the Queen member eventually "had another MRI, but this time I had one of the lower spine".

However, every week later, the rocker stated he was nonetheless in "agony", main him to have an MRI of his backbone, which revealed a compressed sciatic nerve.


The star made headlines earlier this month when he posted that he had torn a muscle in his gluteus maximus during a gardening accident.

"I was actually very near death but I didn't die".

Brian said: "The rest of the story is a little more weird". "I thought I was a really healthy guy and I keep fit, good diet", he said.

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"Anyway, I had - in the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside - I had a small heart attack".

"It's not something that did me any harm", he explained.


"And you kind of know, you've heard things and you think "this is a heart attack".

Having realised he was having a heart attack, he called his doctor, who drove him to hospital for tests that exposed his underlying health problems.

It turned out that May had three congested arteries, which were in danger of slowing the supply of blood to his heart.

Despite feeling pressure to have open heart surgery, Brian opted to have three stents put in and felt immediately better when he came round. I couldn't feel that they'd been in here - I couldn't feel anything. I couldn't feel anything and I still can't, it's been incredible.

Recently the two and Queen drummer Roger Taylor played a moving rendition of the classic "We Are The Champions." .

May stated that after an "incredible operation" by medics, he walked out of the hospital, feeling remarkably nicely.


"I'm incredibly grateful that I now have a life to lead again", said May. Now that's the thing where they stick something in your wrist here and it goes all the way up to your heart and it can go into the arteries of your heart and find out what's wrong and it can find out in a way that nothing else can - it seems to me, you know - nothing else can tell you what the angiogram can tell you. It's amusing how these things work.

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