Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury was honored on Google's homepage around the world on Monday, September 5, which would have been his 65th birthday.
The Google Doodle, which will not be seen on Google's homepage in the United States until Tuesday because of Labor Day, can be seen below. It features the band's hit song "Don't Stop Me Now" and starts with drawings of Mercury. It then turns into an animated video of the front man on stage before evolving to an 8-bit video game style of animation that plays along with the lyrics of the song. The Google logo makes several appearances within the video.
The band is known for hits like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are The Champions," "We Will Rock You," "Bicycle Race," "You're My Best Friend" and "Somebody to Love"
The rock singer died in 1991 from complications from AIDS. The very private Mercury denied he had the disease in much of the late 80s and early 90s. He released a statement on November 23, 1991 confirming he had the disease and died the following day.
"Freddie would have been 65 this year, and even though physically he is not here, his presence seems more potent than ever," said Brian May, former guitarist for Queen, in a statement on Google's official blog. "Freddie made the last person at the back of the furthest stand in a stadium feel that he was connected. He gave people proof that a man could achieve his dreams -- made them feel that through him they were overcoming their own shyness, and becoming the powerful figure of their ambitions. And he lived life to the full."
"He devoured life. He celebrated every minute," May added. "And, like a great comet, he left a luminous trail which will sparkle for many a generation to come."
This isn't the first time Google has honored a rock legend. Back in June, famed jazz and country guitarist Les Paul was honored with a Google Doodle for what would have been his 96th birthday. The music legend had a Gibson guitar named after him and the Google Doodle played electric guitar sounds when a user hovered over its illustrated strings, which could be recorded and played back. That Google Doodle can be seen here.
Check out a video Freddie Mercury's Google Doodle below.