Marie Fredriksson, the lead singer of Swedish pop duo Roxette has died at the age of 61. The news was confirmed by her Manager on Tuesday.
Fredriksson was diagnosed with a severe brain tumour in 2002 but went into remission and returned to the studio in 2010.
However, six years later doctors advised the star to stop touring and rest.
Dimberg Jernberg Management said in a statement:
“It is with great sadness we have to announce that Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has passed away in the morning of December 9, following a 17-year long battle with cancer,”
Roxette started their double act in 1986 by Fredriksson and the guitarist Per Gessle. Together they sold more than 80 million albums all over the world.
The duo shot to fame all over the world in the 1990s with hits such as “It must have been love”.
Speaking of Fredriksson’s passing, Gessle said:
“You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer. Thanks for painting my black and white songs in the most beautiful colours”.
Roxette’s popular hits also included “Listen to your heart” and “The Look”.
The popular ballad “It must have been love” featured in the soundtrack of the Hollywood classic “Pretty Woman” with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
Roxette’s music will live on, that’s for sure!