On the stage, Freddie Mercury commanded the crowd’s attention. As the lead singer for the British rock group Queen, Mercury became known for his flamboyant persona and powerful vocals. Towards the end of his career, British tabloids began to publish reports that the rock star had been diagnosed with HIV. Mercury’s rare public appearances in which he looked gaunt further sparked rumors. On November 23, 1991, Mercury put all rumors to bed by announcing that he had AIDS. He passed away the next day at the age of 45.