Marie Fredriksson, the lead singer and founding member of Roxette, has passed away aged 61. The Swedish super group were responsible for some of the most iconic tracks of the late 80s and 90s.

Frederiksson leaves behind her husband Mikael Bolyos and two children. The artist had been battling illness for some time, including a 17-year-long cancer battle. Her family wrote in a statement:

“It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone. Marie Fredriksson died on the morning of December 9 in the suites of her previous illness.”

“All my love for you and your family. Things will never be the same.” Added Roxette co-star Per Gessie.

Marie Fredriksson – Early life and career

Fredriksson was born on 30 May 1958 in the South of Sweden and began her music career in Hlamstad were she met Per Gessle, her future Roxette companion.

The duo released their debut in 1984 and rose to international fame just two years later. Their singe Neverending Love made the household names in Sweden while The Look and Look Sharp propelled them to international fame.

With no less than 80 million record sales, the duo went on several world tours. According to her family, Fredriksson was “great in the studio, but the stage was her natural habitat.”

Marie Fredriksson – Later years and cancer battle

Fredriksson was diagnosed with a severe brain tumor in 2002 and received aggressive treatment that took its toll but which were ultimately successful. Fredriksson returned to the world stage seven years later.

That period was described as the second coming of Roxette, and saw the duo release several new albums, including Room Service and Charm School. The duo made the charts with song such as Centre of the Heart and She’s Got Nothing On But The Radio.

Fredriksson kept it going until 2016 when her doctors advised her stop touring and focus on her health. The final Roxette album was released that year, titled Good Karma.

The duo was also scheduled to support the album with the final leg of the RoXXXette 30th Anniversay Tour in June 2016, but had to be cancelled due to Fredriksson’s health concerns.

Marie thanked her fans for their support at the time and said she simply wasn’t strong enough to continue with the tour.

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Presh JM Reporter

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