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Freddie Mercury Death

November 22, 2011 by staff 

Freddie Mercury Death, When Freddie Mercury died on 24 November 1991, he did so altogether more quietly than he had lived. He had last performed, thin, pale and shorn of his moustache, in the video for the Queen song “These Are the Days of Our Lives”, in May that year.

He then retreated to his Kensington home, pursued by the red tops – the next the world was to hear from the 45-year-old was the day before he died when he issued a press release in which he confirmed what many had suspected: that he was suffering from Aids.

As is the norm for a modern celebrity of Mercury’s stature, his death seemed a mere hiccup in his career: Queen have sold more records since his passing than before, and a decade after his death Mercury was voted 58th in the BBC’s list of 100 Greatest Britons. It seems fitting, too, that those bombastic, irresistible and daft Queen songs “We Are the Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” regularly top those bombastic, irresistible and daft best-rock-song-ever lists. But Freddie himself – the man, the stadium rock god, the king of outrageous camp – is inimitable.

There is no 21st-century Freddie Mercury. (So let’s hope Sacha Baron Cohen can do Freddie justice when he portrays him in Peter Morgan’s forthcoming biopic.) But his influence has been everywhere since his death. The moustache, the vocal gymnastics, the tight white jeans – after Freddie finally left the stage, he bequeathed an eye-popping menu for his musical successors to pick from…

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