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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 September 2006, 08:13 GMT 09:13 UK
In pictures: Freddie Mercury memories

Freddie Mercury, "I was born to love you" video, 1985. Simon Fowler.  Queen Productions Ltd.

Freddie Mercury, who was the lead singer and main songwriter of Queen, died aged 45 from an Aids-related condition in 1991. He would have turned 60 on 5 September 2006.

Freddie Mercury & Elton John, House of Commons, London 1980. ( Richard Young)

Freddie Mercury was one of the pop world's most glamorous figures with a reputation for lavish living and high-profile friends like Elton John.

Freddie Mercury, Queen Video Shoot, London 1986. ( Richard Young)

He still provokes controversy - a planned 60th birthday celebration in his birthplace of Zanzibar brought criticism from local religious groups.

Freddie on stage at Live Aid. Neal Preston.  Queen Productions Ltd.

Queen's performance at Live Aid in 1985 in front of over 70,000 people was voted the world's greatest rock gig in a music industry poll.

Freddie Mercury & Monserrat Caballe. Ibiza Festival, Spain 1987. ( Richard Young)

Mercury's duet with opera singer Monserrat Caballe was the theme to the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Sadly, he died before they could perform together at the Olympics.

Freddie on stage, Queen's a kind of magic tour, 1986.  Denis O'Regan

Although an iconic live performer, Queen worldwide album sales are estimated to have exceeded 150m.

Freddie on stage, 1977.  Denis O'Regan

During over 20 years of performing, Freddie was known almost as much for his flamboyant personal style as his music.

Freddie wearing his crown, Queen's a kind of magic tour, 1986.  Denis O'Regan

Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs runs from 8 September to 17 November at Proud Central, London.


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