Freddy Mercury was born the 5th September 1946 in Zanzibar and died the 24th November 1991. He was a British singer, songwriter, record producer and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four octave vocal range.
His charismatic stage performances often saw him interact with the audience, as displayed at the 1985 live aid concert. He also led a solo career and served as a producer and guest musician for other artist. Mercury died at the age of 45 du to complication from AIDS. He confirmed the day before his death that he had contracted the disease, having been diagnosed in 1987.