Freddie Mercury passed away 23 years ago today

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Today marks exactly 23 years since the death of the legendary Queen front-man Freddie Mercury.

Fans of the iconic singer, along with the rest of the music world have been remembering the iconic showman.

Mercury, 45, passed away at his London home on 24 November 1991.

He had been diagnosed HIV positive several years earlier and died of bronchial pneumonia, brought on by AIDS.

Queen’s lead singer is remembered for his captivating live performances, searing vocals and enduring classics such as ‘We Are The Champions’‘Killer Queen’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

In 1987, Mercury told journalist David Wigg that he had no fears of becoming a lonely, rich 70-year-old.

“I’ve lived a full life and if I’m dead tomorrow, I don’t give a damn. I really have done it all”, he said.

Ben Whishaw last year signed on to play Freddie Mercury in a planned biopic, after Sacha Baron Cohen pulled out of the project.

However, after the film’s director also quit, Whishaw admitted he did not know whether the film was still going ahead.

A previously unheard duet between music icons Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson was released earlier this year.

World AIDS Day takes place in a week’s time on 1 December, and in the UK this week is National HIV Testing Week