Intriguing Facts About Freddie Mercury and Queen
Intriguing Facts About Freddie Mercury and Queen

Intriguing Facts About Freddie Mercury and Queen

Trista - December 20, 2018

Intriguing Facts About Freddie Mercury and Queen
Freddie Mercury getting his mustache trimmed. CNN.

5. Freddie Mercury Tested Positive for HIV

By 1988, fans of Queen noticed that Freddie, now 42 years old, looked thin and ill. He denied that anything was wrong with him, but the previous year, he had tested positive for HIV. The disease proliferated during the 1980s, particularly among the gay community. Freddie became one of its most high-profile victims.

Intriguing Facts About Freddie Mercury and Queen
Queen in New Haven, Connecticut in November 1977. Carl Lender/Wikimedia Commons.

4. Brian May Wrote A Song For Freddie

“The Show Must Go On” was written by Brian May in honor of his continued efforts to continue singing and contributing to the band despite his struggles with AIDS. It was released in October 1991, just a month before Freddie passed away from the disease.

Intriguing Facts About Freddie Mercury and Queen
Freddie Mercury posing on a park bench in his younger years. Daily Mail.

3. Freddie Mercury Died of Complications From AIDS

Freddie became increasingly ill, so much so that May doubted he would be able to sing “The Show Must Go On.” He didn’t make his illness public until less than 24 hours before he passed away. He died of bronchial pneumonia, which was brought on due to complications from the disease.

Intriguing Facts About Freddie Mercury and Queen
The outer walls of Mercury’s final home, Garden Lodge, 1 Logan Place, west London, became a shrine to the late singer. Pictured in 2014. Adnergje/Wikimedia Commons.

2. Freddie’s Funeral Was Zoroastrian

Freddie Mercury had a private funeral in London, attended only by his family and friends. As much as was possible, it followed the rites of Zoroastrianism. Later, a tribute concert was held in his honor at Wembley Stadium. His home in London has become a shrine of sorts.

Intriguing Facts About Freddie Mercury and Queen
The band Queen performing with singer Adam Lambert as the headlining artist. CNN.

1. The Band Continues Today

Two of the band’s original members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, continue to perform together as Queen. They frequently appear with Adam Lambert as Queen + Adam Lambert. In 2014, they released an album called “Queen Forever.” In honor of Freddie Mercury, they continue to do fundraising to help fight AIDS.

 

Where Did We Find This Stuff? Here Are Our Sources:

“Queen.” Wikipedia.

“Brian May.” Wikipedia.

“Freddie Mercury.” Wikipedia.

“The Show Must Go On (Queen Song).” Wikipedia.

“101 Facts About Queen” (documentary video). 101 Facts.

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