Freddie Mercury

The video which “spawned the video age”. The song that still to this day every living soul knows. Freddie Mercury was the lead singer of world renowned band Queen. On the 24th of November 1991, Mercury died of bronchio-pneumonia which was brought on by AIDS. His death was one that shocked the world and put into heavy spin AIDS awareness campaigns. Mercury was only when he died, and had only publicly announced the day before his passing that he was HIV positive. In a newspaper article the following day, Dr Patrick Dixon (an AIDS education charity director) told the BBC that Mercury admitting he was suffering from the disease was his greatest gift to his fans. He said:

“His hope was no doubt that through his openness many people throughout the world would see that AIDS is a real illness – that it’s killing people every day.”

Searching Freddie Mercury’s death on will show how affected the world was by his sudden death. And what was happening to create a world awareness about this disease. On Easter Monday of April 1992, The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness was held at the Wembley Stadium in London. 72 000 people attended and the concert was broadcast around the globe to 70 countries and raised approximately £20 million for AIDS charities. Mercury has since been named a rock legend due to his large contribution to music and his premature death. Even now he is still remembered. In August of 2002 Mercury was voted in a topp 100 British heroes poll held by the BBC.

Every year on the first of December since 1995 is World AIDS day. Where people can be seen wearing the red AIDS ribbon. Each year the UNAIDS choose a different theme for World AIDS Day in oder to promote awareness.

SOURCES USED:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/november/24/newsid_2546000/2546945.stm

http://www.worldaidsday.org.au/internet/wad/Publishing.nsf/content/home

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