RIP MARIE FREDRIKSSON Roxette singer dies at 61

singer Marie Fredriksson has died aged 61, after a long battle with illness. The pop singer and musician’s family confirmed in a statement to Expressen, a newspaper in her native Sweden today that “it is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone.”

In September 2002, Fredriksson had a seizure in her bathroom and suffered a cracked skull. A subsequent MRI scan revealed she had a brain tumour, and she was given a 25% chance of survival. She survived, but had health problems as a result of radiation therapy. She continued performing until 2016, when she announced her retirement due to the effects of her illness.

Fredriksson’s partner in the Swedish pop-rock duo, Per Gessle, expressed his love for her and her family in a statement: “Time goes by so fast. It feels like just recently when Marie and I were sitting in my little apartment in Halmstad sharing dreams. And what a fantastic dream we got to share! Thank you Marie, thank you for everything. You were a truly unique musician, a singer on a level we will hardly ever experience again. You painted my black and white songs with the most beautiful colours.”

Fredriksson was one of the most recognised pop voices in the world through the 80s and 90s with chart topping hits such as The Look, It Must Have Been Love, Listen to your Heart and Joyride.

RIP Roxette singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Marie Fredriksson (1958-2019).

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