Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar, went to boarding school in India, and came to England with his parents in 1964. His birth name is Farrokh Bulsara, but due to racial abuse he suffered in his early teens, he legally changed his name in 1972.
Mercury died of AIDS at 45 on November 24, 1991, the day after announcing he had the disease.
May is an accomplished scholar. He studied astronomy and physics at Imperial College in London.
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