Freddie Mercury And His Aids

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Freddie Mercury was the lead singer for the Rock n' Roll band Queen. Freddie was born Farookh Bulsara in Zanzibar September 5, 1946 to his parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara. Freddie attended boarding school in Panchgani, just outside Bombay. While in Boarding school he began to take piano lessons. When Freddie was 17 his parents and younger sister Kashmira moved to England. Freddie graduated Ilesworth school in 1964.

After graduating Freddie went on to Ealing College of Art to study graphic illustration. In 1969 Freddie joined his first real band, IBEX. Freddie later formed Queen in 1970. Queen's first big break came in 1974 with the release of Sheer Heart Attack. Queen remained in the spotlight through the 70's and 80's.

Freddie's sexual orientation became public in the 80's when he told people he was a homosexual. It is believed Freddie contracted the disease through sexual contact. No one knows exactly when Freddie contracted the virus because he was so secretive about it, but it has been predicted that he had it for four years before he died.

Some ways Freddie's life changed after he found out he contracted the virus are that he had to be very cautious about what he said about his health. He had to deceive his friends, family, and fans. When Freddie died in 1991 at the age of 45 he left behind his friends/band menbers, family, and millions of grieving fans. Since Freddie released information about his disease only hours before he died society did not treat him differently, perhaps because they were still in shock. One way Freddie handled his situation that I also think I would do if I had the virus is the way he was secretive about his disease. The reason I would also do this is because I wouldn't want people to treat me different or feel sorry for me.