"Freddie's Dead" was the first single from his 1972 soundtrack album for the film "Super Fly". The single was released before the Super Fly album, and in fact before the film itself was in theaters. The song peaked at 4 on the U.S. pop chart and 2 on the R&B chart.
The song laments the death of Fat Freddie, a character in the film who is run over by a car.
Like most of the music from the Super Fly album, "Freddie's Dead" appears in the film only in an instrumental arrangement, without any lyrics. The song's music is featured prominently in the film's opening sequence and also recurs at several other points. Because of this usage the song was subtitled "Theme from Superfly" on its single release (but not on the album).