Freddie Mercury Gorilla Statue Taken off U.K. Street
The statue, painted to look like the singer, was removed after a complaint from the singer's charity, the Mercury Phoenix Trust.
LONDON -- A gorilla statue painted to depict Freddie Mercury, the former frontman of rock act Queen, has been taken down in England after a complaint.
The statue in Norwich, England, was one of 53 gorillas placed around the city.
All the gorillas -- like the Berlinale bears, which depict the German city's symbol in various incarnations during the Berlin International Film Festival -- have been painted by artists and local school children.
The statue in question was painted wearing Mercury's famous yellow coat, a white vest and white pants.
The singer's Mercury Phoenix Trust, the charity set up to raise money to fight AIDS worldwide, objected to the statue, saying it misrepresented the late singer's image, according to ITN news.
Mercury died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991 and continues to captivate viewers and listeners alike.
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