Marie Fredriksson, the lead singer of Swedish duo Roxette, has died aged 61 after a 17-year-long battle with cancer.
The singer’s death was confirmed by Swedish newspaper Expressen, which published a statement from her family that read: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone. Marie Fredriksson passed away in the morning of December 9th due to complications from her illness.”
Fredriksson had suffered a seizure in 2002 and was diagnosed with a brain tumour soon after. She had surgery to remove the tumour, along with months of radiation and chemotherapy. The tumour left Fredriksson blind in one eye and with limited hearing. She did say in 2005, however, that “It’s been three very difficult years [but] I’m healthy. I’m not receiving treatment any more.”
Roxette is the second most commercially successful band from Sweden, after ABBA.
Music partner Per Gessle said: “Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days and nights in my tiny apartment in Halmstad, listening to music we loved, sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share! Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything.”
In a three-decade-plus career, Roxette had achieved nineteen UK Top 40 hits, four US number ones and several Top 10 singles in Australia including The Look, It Must Have Been Love, Dangerous, Dressed For Success, Joyride, and Fading Like A Flower.