He died on November 24, 1991 and was only 45 years old. He started out life as Farrokh Bulsara and spent his childhood in Zanzibar and India before moving to England. Born with a unique musical talent, he wrote songs from an early age, first Indian, then Western rock’n’roll. In 1970, he changed his name to “Freddie Mercury” and formed a band called “Queen”. That’s how I came to know him, through pirate cassette tapes I purchased in the late 1970s on the streets of Tehran, Iran.