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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gone But Not Forgotten

(5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991)

Born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5th. 1946 on the island of Zanzibar, he was nicknamed Freddie in 1954 when he was sent to boarding school near Bombay. It was here that he learned to play the piano. Returning to Zanzibar in 1962, schooling completed, he did little until the family migrated to England in 1964. Then studying hard, he gained an 'A' level in Art at Isleworth College, enabling him entrance to Ealing College of Art in 1966.

Suffering with AIDS, and not wishing anyone to know, Freddie's last public performance was in Barcelona on October 8th. 1988, though he continued composing and recording songs. He died peacefully at his home in London on November 24th. 1991 of AIDS related bronchial pneumonia.

Freddie was the first major rock star to die of the disease. He didn't announce his affliction until 24 hours prior to his death, stating
"I felt it correct to keep this information private in order to protect the privacy of those around me."
During his last few months, Freddie was cared for by a few very close friends, Jim Hutton, Joe Fanelli and Peter Freestone. Freddie's former girlfriend Mary Austen, with whom he remained close, showed up most days. In fact, it was Mary who inherited the Logan Place house, and still lives there today.

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