The lead singer of Swedish pop duo sensation Roxette, Marie Fredriksson, who shot to global fame in the 1990s with hits like It Must Have Been Love, has died aged 61 after a long fight with cancer, her manager said Tuesday.
Fredriksson formed Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986. The two released their first album the same year and went on to achieve international success in the late 1980s and 1990s with hits including 'The Look' and 'It Must Have Been Love.'
The mother of two, who died on Monday, had been told she had a brain tumour in 2002 but went into remission and made a musical comeback a few years later. By 2016, however, the illness had taken its toll and doctors advised her to stop touring.
Announcing her death, Dimberg Jernberg Management described Fredriksson as
“a wonderful person with a huge appetite for life”.
“Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy,” the company said in a statement.
“Her amazing voice – both strong and sensitive – and her magical live performances will be remembered by all of us who was lucky enough to witness them.”
Fellow band member and guitarist Per Gessle bade his long-term friend farewell in a heartfelt statement, saying: “Things will never be the same.