Freddie Mercury

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Freddie Mercury was born as Farrokh Bomi Bulsara on September 5, 1946 in Stone Town, Tanzania. He was a British singer, musician and songwriter. He became popular as the lyricist and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. All through his career, Mercury performed in over 700 concerts in many countries around the world with Queen. Apart from his association with Queen, he also led a solo career, and sometimes served as a guest musician and producer for other artists. In the 1970s, Mercury was involved in a relationship with Mary Austin though later he acknowledged that he was a bisexual and was romantically linked with many people, both men and women. Mercury was diagnosed with HIV soon after Easter, in 1987. He died of bronchopneumonia caused by AIDS on November 24, 1991. He still continues to be rated as one of the greatest singers and songwriters in the popular music genre. Mercury was voted the greatest male singer of all-time in a poll organized by MTV2 and Blender, in 2005. His death came as a great loss for music lovers worldwide. Freddie Mercury was known for wearing the cologne “Armani for Men” and “Monsieur de Givenchy”