The music industry is filled with a lot of individuals with off the wall (no pun) personalities and quite a few with various personal issues; many of them I am a fan. Someone once told me if I looked at my music/cd collection I would find a collection of "so-called idols" who are/were just as flawed if not more than any other human being although they are incredibly talented and rich. It is a sad thing to known the demons so many of these R&B, pop, soul, and blues artists went through.
On to something a bit happier...
Yes he was. I have some Freddie on one
my R&B playlists right now next to some Luther, Anita, & Marvin.
This was a hit: