Google has paid tribute to late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury with an animated ‘Google doodle’ on its homepage.

Today would be the gay singer’s 65th birthday. The search engine is celebrating with a cartoon of the star which features 1978 Queen hit ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.

The minute-and-a-half clip shows Mercury singing to adoring fans, sitting on a throne and hoovering while dressed as a woman.

Queen guitarist Brian May praised the video, writing on Google’s blog about his former bandmate: “He devoured life. He celebrated every minute. And, like a great comet, he left a luminous trail which will sparkle for many a generation to come.”

Doodle team creative leader Ryan Germick told AFP: “It has a lot of fun, goofy stuff to celebrate what an incredible song writer, fashion icon, and musical innovator he was.”

He added: “We just love him; we’ve been blasting Queen for the last couple of months and it is always joyful.”

Mercury, who was gay, died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991.

Today’s Google doodle can be seen by users in most countries. Due to Labor Day in the US, it will appear to American users tomorrow.

Google often illustrates its homepage with a doodle. Recent video doodle tributes include ones to Charlie Chaplin and John Lennon.