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Marie Fredriksson dead: Roxette-star has passed away at 61

Marie Fredriksson has died, aged 61Foto: CLAUDIO BRESCIANI / TT / TT NYHETSBYRÅN
Marie is best known as the frontwoman of 1980s popduo Roxette, which produced international hits such as ”The Look” and ”Joyride”.Foto: ROGER SARGENT/SHUTTERSTOCK / ROGER SARGENT/SHUTTERSTOCK SHUTTERSTOCK

Roxette-singer Marie Fredriksson has passed away, aged 61.

The singer passed away after a long period of illness.

She is best known as the frontwoman of 1980s popduo Roxette, which produced international hit songs such as ”The Look” and ”Joyride”.

Marie Fredriksson, lead singer of Roxette, has died. 

”It is with great sadness that we must inform you that one of our greatest and most beloved artists is gone,” her manager writes in a press release today.

”Marie Fredriksson passed away in the morning of December 9, as a result of her previous illness”.

Marie Fredriksson leaves behind her husband Mikael Bolyos, 62, and their two children, Josefin Bolyos, 26, and Oscar Bolyos, 23. 

”All my love to your and your family, Things will never be the same”, her bandmate Per Gessle writes following her passing.

Survived brain tumour

Ms Fredriksson fell ill in 2002, and doctors discovered a severe brain tumour.

It was reported that she had a 20 to 25 per cent chance of survival.

Following a long and arduous treatment process, she was given the all clear – but had suffered radiation damage as a result. 

Roxette reunited in 2009, and she went on to perform at two consecutive Swedish royal weddings: Crown princess Victoria's and Princess Madeleine's.

In 2016, Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle announced that Roxette had been forced to cancel the last leg of their ”Neverending World Tour” due to Ms Fredrikssons ailing health.

Global success for Swedish band

Roxette was formed in 1986 and sold 75 million albums worldwide.

The group went on to have no less than four US Billboard No.1:s – The Look, Listen to Your Heart, It Must Have Been Love och Joyride –  as well as 19 British Top 40 hits.

Roxette is considered one of the most successful Swedish music exports, often mentioned in the same breath as ABBA.

Marie Fredriksson also had a successful solo career, and released her final album in 2013.

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