Freddie Mercury, best known as the lead singer of the popular British rock group Queen, was born on September 5, 1946 in Stone Town, Zanzibar. He passed away on November 24, 1991 in Kensington, London at the age of 45. Born as Farrokh Pluto Bulsara to Parsi parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara, Freddie attended St. Peter's boarding school near Bombay where he formed his first school band called "The Hectics" and played piano.
At the age of 17, Freddie and his family fled to England during the Zanzibar revolution. He then pursued studies in art design while forming bands such as "Ibex" (later renamed to "Wreckage") and "Sour Milk Sea". In 1970, he met Brian May and Roger Taylor who were part of a band called Smile. Taking charge, Freddie changed their name to Queen and designed the band's logo using his art design education. He also changed his name to Frederick Mercury by deed poll.
A flamboyant performer on stage and a talented songwriter off stage, Freddie's iconic song "Bohemian Rhapsody" propelled Queen to superstardom. Despite taking a break from the band in the late 1970s and early 1980s for a solo career, Freddie continued recording with Queen even after being diagnosed with HIV in 1987.