Roxette Singer Marie Fredriksson Dead At 61

An ’80s icon has passed away.

Marie Fredriksson, singer for the pop duo Roxette, died on Dec. 9 at age 61, following a 17-year battle with cancer, the BBC reported.

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As a member of the Swedish band alongside musician Per Gessle, Fredriksson found international success with hit songs like “Listen to Your Heart”, “It Must Have Been Love” and “The Look”.

“This unique artistry and energy helped to create a lasting bond between her and millions of passionate fans around the globe,” a statement read.

Fredriksson was diagnosed with a severe brain tumour in 2002, which was successfully treated, and she was back on tour with Gessle in 2009. By 2016, though, her health had diminished and doctors advised her to stop touring.

“Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy. 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,” the statement read. “But we also remember a wonderful person with a huge appetite for life, and woman with a very big heart who cared for everybody she met.”

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Gessle also said in a statement, “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!

“I’m proud, honoured and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humour. All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the same.”

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