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.
- 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