Freddie Mercury would have turned 70 this year. Unfortunately, the Queen frontman’s singular voice and songwriting talents were silenced 25 years ago, when he passed away from complications due to AIDS on Nov. 24, 1991.
A new book, Somebody to Love: The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury (Weldon Owen) aims to flesh out exactly what happened between those two dates. Out Nov. 22, Somebody to Love touts rare — and in some cases, never before seen — images of Mercury and new insight into his life.
The book features new information about Mercury’s life with AIDS, as he grappled with a disease long before public awareness and medical knowledge had caught up with it.
An excerpt from Somebody to Love, below, reveals Mercury’s initial diagnosis and treatment.
Somebody to Love arrives in stores Nov. 22 — you can pre-order a copy here.