How fans are using Freddie Mercury’s 27th death anniversary to raise awareness about AIDS
Twenty-seven years ago, the world lost Freddie Mercury, the greatest frontman that ever lived. Mercury was the iconic lead singer of Queen, one of the most popular and beloved rock bands in history. Queen revolutionized the music world with their mix of glam-rock, opera and hard rock fueled by Mercury’s vibrato-rich and operatic vocals in classic hit songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, We Will Rock You, Another One Bites the Dust, among other songs.
Mercury died of complications due to AIDS on November 24, 1991 at the age of 45, only a day after he publicly admitted he had the disease. He was rock’s first major AIDS casualty. Since then, his death helped raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic that was sweeping the world.
Today, fans on Twitter are using his death anniversary to remember the legend that is Freddie Mercury and to raise awareness about AIDS and encourage support for HIV/AIDS initiatives.
British theatre director Andrew Keates acknowledged that the inspiration Mercury provided to “activists, pioneering scientists and doctors, and everyone else who has fought the HIV virus” has helped him save his life and gave him his future.
27 years today since the great Freddie Mercury passed away due to #AIDS. If it weren’t for the activists, pioneering scientists & doctors, and everyone else who has fought the #HIV virus, I would almost certainly be dead too. I respect my history, as thanks to it, I have a future pic.twitter.com/fudRdQ7t6b
— Andrew Keates (@andrewkeates) November 24, 2018
Elle Buss, who goes by the username @thoughtcrime, enticed Twitter users to honor Freddie by donating to mercuryphoenixtrust.com:
if you want to honor freddie today, donate to https://t.co/oW0wo3Ub88! they are a charity founded by queen in his memory, and they are dedicated to funding AIDS research. support the millions of people that live with HIV/AIDS today and help find a cure. please donate!
— elle buss (@THOUGHTCRlME) November 24, 2018
Mercury’s bandmates Brian May, Roger Taylor, and their manager Jim Beach formed Mercury Phoenix Trust in his honor. Since then, the organization has raised more than $15 million dollars for AIDS research in Mercury’s memory, helping change the disease into something that wasn’t hush-hush but commonly discussed.
Terrence Higgins Trust, a prominent U.K. AIDS charity, looked back at the re-release of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in December 1991 that raised £1million to support their activities on AIDS education, legal help and counseling.
Today marks 27 years since the death of the brilliant Freddie Mercury.
After his death, @QueenWillRock re-released Bohemian Rhapsody and raised £1million to support us at Terrence Higgins Trust. Read the back of the record for why👇
Freddie – gone but never ever forgotten 💙 pic.twitter.com/kYuxJIsc69
— Terrence Higgins Trust (@THTorguk) November 24, 2018
They also tweeted that “HIV has changed hugely since Freddie’s death, but stigma remains a key barrier to progress and campaigns to challenge that remain vital.” After all, as the back cover of the re-released “Bohemian Rhapsody” record stated, “AIDS CONCERNS US ALL.”
‘AIDS CONCERNS US ALL’ is on the back of the record.
HIV has changed hugely since Freddie’s death, but stigma remains a key barrier to progress and campaigns to challenge that remain vital.
— Terrence Higgins Trust (@THTorguk) November 24, 2018
User @getdownmakelove tweeted that “in honor of Freddie’s death anniversary today I donated some money to UNAIDS (United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS).
in honor of freddie’s death anniversary today i donated some money to unaids (united nations programme on hiv/aids).
if you have an opportunity to make a donation too, please do. there are a lot of hiv/aids global organizations and research centers which need our support ❤️
— lina 🌻 (@getdownmakeIove) November 24, 2018
Tweeting a slide show of Mercury’s images through the years, user @paul_atk79 asserted that “with an estimated 36.9Mpeople living with HIV/AIDS and 1.8M more becoming newly infected with HIV in 2017 alone, the battle is far from over.”
Freddie Mercury in my opinion the greatest performer of all time, passed away on the 24 Nov 1991 of an AIDS related illness.
With an estimated 36.9Mpeople living with HIV/AIDS and 1.8M more becoming newly infected with HIV in 2017 alone, the battle is far from over. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/CAPePObqhO
— Paul (@paul_atk79) November 24, 2018
User @getnerd said, “27 years ago today we lost one of the world’s ultimate – if not THE ultimate – singer, songwriter, performer, producer and musician. The legend that is #FreddieMercury👑”
27 years ago today we lost one of the world’s ultimate – if not THE ultimate – singer, songwriter, performer, producer and musician. The legend that is #FreddieMercury👑 Ayyyyy-oh! @MercuryMOTG #FreddieMercuryForever @OIQFC pic.twitter.com/O71aFcrM9R
— Chris (@GelNerd) November 24, 2018
Mercury may be gone, but his legacy will leave on forever. As the television channel @SkyArts said, “It’s been 27 years since you’ve been gone but your legacy will never die! The greatest entertainer of them all! Remembering Freddie Mercury”
It’s been 27 years since you’ve been gone but your legacy will never die! The greatest entertainer of them all! Remembering Freddie Mercury pic.twitter.com/RBTW4Vi0sC
— Sky Arts (@SkyArts) November 24, 2018