Roxette Singer Marie Fredriksson Dead at 61

Marie Fredriksson, the lead singer from the pop band Roxette, has died at the age of 61, after a 17-year battle with cancer.

Farewel, Marie…

The Swedish musician was best known for hits like “It Must Have Been Love”, featured in the 1990’s hit movie Pretty Woman, as well as “Joyride”, “Listen To Your Heart” and “The Look”.

Fredriksson co-created Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986, and the duo were huge during 1980’s and 1990’s.

They have sold more than 75 million records around the world and become Sweden’s second-best-selling music act after ABBA.

In 2002, the duo took a break from recording and touring when Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She managed to recover after a long and tough course of treatment and once again went on a tour with Gessle and toured in 2011.

Sadly, in 2016 doctors told her that she would no longer be able to perform.

Fighting a Losing Battle

Since then Marie dealt with the health problems she developed as a result of radiation damage from her treatment and unfortunately died because of the complications related to this.

Her co-star and a longtime friend Per, has paid tribute to Marie in a tweet that said:

“Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days and nights in my tiny apartment sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share! I’m honoured to have met your talent and generosity. All my love goes to you and your family. Things will never be the same.”

Marie leaves behind her husband Mikael and their two children, daughter Inez 26, and son Oscar, 23.

“Marie Fredriksson is most mourned by her husband Mikael Bolyos and their two children,” the family wrote in a statement, adding she will be buried in silence with only the closest family present.

All we can say is that our heart goes out to her family, the band and all the fans worldwide.


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