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20th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death

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Sunset near the Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux, Switzerland. // PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons/Bernd Brägelmann

It is 20 years since the death of the legendry Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Mercury, 45, passed away at his London home Nov. 24, 1991. He had been diagnosed HIV positive several years earlier and died of bronchial pneumonia, brought on by AIDS.

Known for his wide vocal range and unparalleled showmanship, the Zanzibar-born Mercury also wrote many of Queen’s biggest hits including the six-minute-long rock opus “Bohemian Rhapsody,” sports anthems “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You” and throwback “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

Pink News reported Sir Nick Partridge, the chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust the U.K.’s largest HIV and sexual health charity said, “For many people, Freddie Mercury’s death was a defining moment in the early years of the HIV epidemic. It crystallized how much talent we lost during those years, and helped heighten awareness of HIV in a way that even the best public health campaigns would struggle to do. That was twenty years ago and, thanks to the introduction of effective drug treatments, someone diagnosed with HIV today has every chance of living well into old age. However, that doesn’t mean HIV has gone away.”

A film about Freddie Mercury will begin shooting in 2012, with Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen set to play him.

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