On This Day

Freddie Mercury

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury

Full Name: Farrokh Bulsara
Profession: Singer-Songwriter

Nationality:
United Kingdom
British

Why Famous: Freddie Mercury was the frontman for the British rock band Queen, and one of their principal songwriters for such hits as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We are the Champions".

Born of Parsi descent, Mercury was famously flamboyant on stage and known for his vocal range.

Mercury died of complications from Aids, at a time when much stigma was attached to the disease and only confirmed he had contracted the disease a day before his death.

Born: September 5, 1946
Birthplace: Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (now Tanzania)

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: November 24, 1991 (aged 45)
Cause of Death: Complications from AIDS

Historical Events

  • 1991-11-23 Freddie Mercury, 45, confirms he has AIDS the day before he dies
  • 1992-04-20 All-star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London
  • 2018-10-23 Freddie Mercury bio film "Bohemian Rhapsody" directed by Bryan Singer, starring Rami Malek (Best Actor Academy Awards 2019) premieres in London