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Freddie Mercury is best known as one of the rock world's most versatile and engaging performers and for his mock operatic masterpiece, Bohemian Rhapsody.
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One of Queens most notable performances was in 1985 at the Live Aid charity concert. Simply dressed in a tank top and jeans, Mercury led the crowd through some of the band’s greatest hits.
On November 23, 1991, Mercury released a statement confirming that he had AIDS. The next day, he died from AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia at his London mansion. Mercury was only 45 years old.
Freddie Mercury wrote the song "Bohemian Rhapsody," a seven-minute rock operetta, for the album "A Night at the Opera." The song hit the top of the charts in Britain and became a Top 10 hit in the United States.
In 1987 Freddie Mercury and operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé collaborated on the album "Barcelona" which became one o the biggest hits of Mercury's solo career and also his last.
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That same year, Mercury's mock operatic masterpiece, "Bohemian Rhapsody" made a return to the pop charts, illustrating its timeless appeal.
Before his death, Mercury had done some work in the studio with Queen. These efforts were released in 1995 on Made In Heaven, the group's last album with all the original members. Gone but clearly not forgotten, this collection of Mercury's final performances reached the top of the British charts. In 2001,
Mercury and rest of the band received special recognition for their contributions to American music history when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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