Marie Fredriksson, Lead Singer Of Roxette, Dies Of Cancer At 61

Marie Fredriksson, Lead Singer Of Roxette, Dies Of Cancer At 61

Fredriksson is best known for her song 'It Must Have Been Love' from the 1990 Pretty Woman soundtrack.

Marie Fredriksson, Roxette's lead singer succumbed to cancer at the age of 61. Dimberg Jernberg Management, Fredriksson’s management company, confirmed her death via a press release on Tuesday and revealed that the Swedish singer had died following a 17-year battle with cancer, reports People. The group also shared the news on their Twitter account, writing Fredriksson’s name and her year of birth and year of death. Fredriksson is best known for her song It Must Have Been Love from the 1990 Pretty Woman soundtrack. This power ballad was certified gold in six countries including the US, and platinum in Australia. 


Fredriksson and her groupmate Per Gessle had three more No. 1 hits in the U.S.: Listen to Your Heart, Joyride, and The Look. Roxette went live in 1985, when Fredriksson, daughter of a postman and a factory worker, teamed up with Gessle, son of a plumbing contractor and his artist wife. Coming from humble backgrounds, they had big dreams. Their first LP was released in Swedish which they then decided to record in English as well, because they “both wanted to reach an international market,” Fredriksson told PEOPLE in 1991.


They had to take a break in 2002 after Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had it removed but she lost vision in one of her eyes. Thankfully, she recovered and in 2009 and Roxette reunited for a global concert tour. The Neverending World Tour spanned more than 250 shows over the course of seven years. Sadly, before Marie's death, Roxette was touted to release three more albums after her tumor diagnosis: Charm School, Travelling and Good Karma.


Following news of Fredriksson’s death on Tuesday, Gessle, 60, tweeted a photo of his bandmate of almost 35 years and wrote, "Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days+nights in my tiny apartment sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share! I’m honored to have met your talent+generosity. All my love goes to you+your family. Things will never be the same."


“Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy,” Dimberg Jernberg Management 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. But we also remember a wonderful person with a huge appetite for life, and a woman with a very big heart who cared for everybody she met.”  She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Mikael Bolyos, and their two children: son Oscar Mikael, 23, and daughter Inez Josefin, 26.

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