Freddie Mercury Died of AIDS 28 Years Ago Today

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury who’s experienced a revival in popularity among a whole new generation introduced to the artist via Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody bio pic starring Rami Malek that came out last Christmas, died 28 years ago today from AIDS at 45 years-old. Millions of fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late performer.

Queen’s official Twitter account posted a picture of the singer holding a crown while on stage.

Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsar in Zanzibar on September 5, 1946. Mercury moved with his family to Middlesex in England in 1964 before meeting May and Roger Taylor and forming Queen in 1970.

In honor of the anniversary CNN reports there is a Freddie Meter that allows “fans [to] now celebrate the Queen frontman’s incredible voice by trying to imitate it with their own. Using the singing challenge made by YouTube and Google Research, fans can see whether they have the vocal chops to match the man who shook millions with his operatic rock ‘n’ roll style of singing. The interactive tool allows you to pick from four of his most popular songs and sing along karaoke-style while it analyzes your voice.”

The song choices are “Somebody To Love,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “We Are The Champions” and the 1975 classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Rest in power, Freddie.

 

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