If you’ve so much as met me, you know how much I love Queen and how much Freddie Mercury’s life and music mean to me. This weekend is the anniversary of his passing, so rather than writing a disjointed missive about my feelings (I’ll save that for another time) I thought I would repost the official statement Queen released today:
Freddie Mercury – 5th September 1946 – 24th November 1991
On November 24th, 1991, Freddie’s struggle against AIDS ended when he passed away just over 24 hours after he had publicly announced he had the disease. Musicians and fans from all over the world paid their highest respects as the passing of rock’s most innovative, flamboyant ambassador signified the end of an era at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium on April 20, 1992 which gave birth to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the AIDS charity set up in Freddie’s memory by the remaining members of Queen and Freddie’s Executor, Jim Beach.
I will always love you.