Queen‘s guitarist, Brian May, recently revealed that he’s recovering from a heart attack which he described as a “near-death experience.”

In a video posted to Instagram on Sunday night, the Rock music legend shared details about a series of health scares that began last month after he injured himself in a gardening accident. The incident left him with unspeakable pain for a week before seeking medical help. There, doctors discovered May had a “quite severely” compressed sciatic nerve. “That’s why I had this feeling that someone was putting a screwdriver in my back,” he said. Looking back on how it happened, he noted, “Well I think 50 years of running around with a guitar strap over my left shoulder holding a heavy guitar might have something to do with it ! But it probably WAS all worth it!”

To make matters worse, shortly therafter, the UK native suffered a heart attack due to three congested arteries. In Sunday’s address, May said that he considers himself a “healthy guy” and was shocked by his condition. He encouraged everyone over the age of 60 to have an angiogram whether or not they have heart issues. To wrap it up, the 72-year-old stayed thankful: “I’m very grateful that I now have a life to lead again…. But I’m good and I’m here and I’m ready to rock.” Watch the full clip below.

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