I was reminded of him when someone posted the song "Who wants to live forever" on Facebook today.
I first heard the song in the film The Highlander. It was in my social work days and I was working with young people coming out of care, and supporting them in the community. The film was recommended by one of my clients, a young boy just 17 yrs old when I first met him. He was a very troubled young man who had suffered years of abuse and ended up in care.
This young man died at 19 years old. He was beginning to turn his life around, was very intelligent and seemed to have a good future ahead of him. Sadly, that wasn't to be.
He was a big Queen fan, and friends thought it appropriate to play "Who wants to live forever" at his funeral. One of them got in touch with one of the members of Queen. They sent a lovely letter of sympathy, together with the album containing the song. Not only that, they also sent flowers.
I am also a big Queen fan. Every time I hear this song it makes me cry. For the loss of a wonderful performer. But also for the tragic loss of a young man who had his whole life ahead of him but was taken far too soon.