Marie Fredriksson, the lead singer of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 61, her management said in a statement. Fredriksson had been struggling with cancer-related illnesses since 2002.
“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,” Dimberg Jernberg Management said.
Fredriksson shot to fame in the 90s as part of her duo with guitarist Per Gessle. Their biggest hits include “Listen to your heart” and “The look,” as well as international sensation “It must have been love,” which was included in the soundtrack of the Richard Gere and Julia Roberts romantic comedy Pretty Woman.
Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died, aged 61, after a long battle with an illness.
The hits “It Must Have Been Love” and “Listen to Your Heart” and “The Look” are still brilliant. Go listen in her honour. pic.twitter.com/6VQqvcEmex
— Eric Alper ? (@ThatEricAlper) December 10, 2019
Her cancer went into remission in 2010 and she returned to the studio, but six years later her condition again worsened and doctors advised her to stop touring and rest.
Roxette has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide. They are the second-best selling Swedish act after ABBA.
“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 colors,” per Gessle said in a message to his music partner of more than 30 years.
Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days+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+generosity. All my love goes to you+your family. Things will never be the same. pic.twitter.com/CTegAUGrXG
— Per Gessle (@PartyPleaser) December 10, 2019