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Brian May says he ‘felt like he died’ after being rushed to hospital with a heart attack as he returns to social media

BRIAN May admitted he "felt like he'd died" after suffering a heart attack.

The Queen rocker, 72, said it felt like he'd been to his own funeral after hearing all the "incredible" messages of support from fans following his health scare.

The guitarist had a "small heart attack" and was rushed to hospital in "agony", where doctors found he had three blocked arteries.

Brian said there was "a lot of pressure" to have open heart surgery, but he opted instead for three stents to be put in.

He suffered the heart attack while being treated for his ripped buttock muscles. 

Reflecting on his ordeal in an Instagram clip, the legendary musician said: "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."

Brian went on: "I often think that at funerals, all these people come and say these wonderful things about the person that's gone but he or she cant hear it.

"I'm lucky, I got to hear it - so my life is complete. I don't know, I can't compare it."

Brian then thanked everyone for their support, saying: "I'm overwhelmed. I'm more than touched by the torrent of love and support that's come back at me with all the publicity.

"As you can see I'm OK. My email box is so full of incredible messages, I will never be able to thank you all individually. I'm thrilled."

The music icon added that he's doing physiotherapy and hopes to be "fully functional pretty soon".

He said: "I can't quite make it to the music room today, I'm battling things a bit.

"I'm pretty good today, taking it easy and doing all the right things and the physio so I'm going to be fully functional pretty soon."

Yesterday, Brian talked about his heart attack and admitted he'd been "very near death" without realising.

He said: "In the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside, I had a small heart attack. I say small, it's not something that did me any harm.

"It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness. It's that feeling in the arms and sweating."

The musician's doctor then drove him to hospital where he had an angiogram - a type of X-ray used to examine blood vessels.

He said: "I turned out to have three arteries which were congested and in danger of blocking the blood to my heart."

Brian was spotted later that day with two walking sticks as he got out of a car.

With a face mask around his neck, he was seen smiling as he headed into a home.

May said over the past few days he had managed to stop taking painkillers after his injured leg and operation - saying it was a "big step".

And he encouraged anyone over the age of 60 to get an angiogram.

Brian co-founded Queen with lead singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor after previously performing with Roger in the band Smile.

Brian May reveals he had a heart attack after feeling 40 minutes of pain in his chest

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