15 facts from the life of Freddie Mercury and his band Queen, 30 years after the death of the artist

(CNN) — Freddie Mercury is one of the most important artists in the history of rock in the world. It has been 30 years since his death, but his legacy lives on.

Mercury died on November 24, 1991 in Kensington, London, after a successful career with the group Queen, with which, in less than a decade, he achieved rock legend status.

Some facts about the life and career of Freddie Mercury

1. Freddie Mercury, whose birth name was Farrokh Bulsara, was born on September 5, 1946 in Stone Town, Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous island off the coast of Tanzania.

2. The Bulsara family were Parsees from India, followers of Zoroastrianism, an ancient Persian religion.

Freddie Mercury in 1975

3. The young Farrokh is believed to have started singing in the city’s Zoroastrian Temple when he was a child. At that time, there were about 300 members of the Parsi community in Zanzibar. Today, only a few remain, and the temple has been abandoned for a long time.

4. Mercury spent most of his childhood in Zanzibar and attended boarding school in India. In the early 1960s, her family moved to the UK.

5. In the early 1970s, Mercury created the band Queen with guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, and bassist John Deacon. His bandmates describe him as generous, absolutely dedicated to music, and a very caring person.

September 1976: British rock group Queen at Les Ambassadeurs, where they were presented with silver, gold and platinum discs for sales in excess of one million of their hit single 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which was No 1 for 9 weeks. The band are, from left to right; Brian May, John Deacon (standing), Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury (Frederick Bulsara, 1946 - 1991). (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone/Getty Images)

King in 1976

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6. In 1980 Queen released “Another one bites the dust”, one of the band’s best-selling singles. The following year, in 1981, they released the Greatest Hits compilation album, which was their biggest-selling album in the UK.

7. Freddie Mercury was a magnetic artist who wowed fans with his charisma and vocal prowess on songs like Bohemian Rhapsody. His wardrobe, suits usually attached to the body, helped seduction and fascination with his audience.

Freddie Mercury

8. Mercury planned his performances carefully. In an interview, the artist said that after each performance he did extensive research and consulted with his closest advisers for new ideas from him.

9. Despite having a commanding personality onstage, Mercury was said to be shy offstage, especially around people he didn’t know.

10. His bisexuality was not a secret to those close to him, but Mercury kept his relationships with men and women private. She never married, but had long romantic relationships.

11. The final cause of death the death of Freddie Mercury, which occurred at the age of 45, on November 24, 1991, has been attributed to bronchopneumonia, due to HIV.

12. There is an asteroid named after him. The leader of the legendary band, who sang “I’m a shooting star leaping through the sky” in the song “Don’t stop me now,” was honored by the International Astronomical Union of Small Planets (IAU) renamed asteroid 17473, which was discovered in 1991, the year the singer died, in honor of Mercury.

1982 (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

13. The Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody It starred Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. It chronicles the time between the formation of the band Queen and the iconic concert at Wimbley Stadium in 1985, with a historic performance by Mercury.

14. In 2011 Google celebrated what would have been Mercury’s 65th birthday with a doodle from the Queen song ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.

15. A museum honoring Mercury was opened in 2020 in Zanzibar, the place where Farrokh Bulsara was born. The museum is located in the so-called Casa Mercury, an old house of the Bulsara family.

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15 facts from the life of Freddie Mercury and his band Queen, 30 years after the death of the artist

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