September 5 marks the 70th anniversary of Freddie Mercury's birth. The lead singer of Queen was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946 in Zanzibar, now part of Tanzania. He died on November 12, 1991 at just 45 years old, following a battle with bronchopheumonia brought on by AIDS. He was among the first celebrities to die of the disease, although he only publicly acknowledged his diagnosis days before he died.
Mercury remains one of the most influential singers of all time, even though it has been almost 25 years since his death. His voice is heard everywhere, from movies to commercials to sports arenas. "We Are The Champions" and "We Will Rock You" are impossible to avoid. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Killer Queen," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Somebody to Love" are in regular rotation on the radio.
Although Mercury is gone, his incredible stage presence and vocal range remains unforgettable. Click through for a look at photos from his career. (Getty)