20 years ago the music world lost Freddy Mercury.
Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara on Thursday September 5th
1946 on the small spice island of Zanzibar. His parents, Bomi and
Jer Bulsara, were both Parsee (Persian). His father, Bomi, was a civil
servant, working as a High Court cashier for the British Government.
Freddie's sister, Kashmira, was born in 1952. In 1954, at the age of
eight, Freddie was shipped to St Peter's English boarding school in
Panchgani, about fifty miles outside Bombay. It was there his
friends began to call him Freddie, a name the family also
October 8th was the last time Freddie Mercury performed on stage. At
the time, he was terribly ill with AIDS, although he didn't want
people to know about it. He announced that fact the day before
he died. Being ill he continued to compose and record songs and
even took part in making videos.
On November 24th, 1991 Freddie died peacefully at his home in London of
AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia.
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