Marie Fredriksson, who was the lead singer of the Swedish music group Roxette, has died at the age of 61 after a long battle with cancer.
In reaction to her death, the group’s management team issued the following statement:
“In 2002, Marie was diagnosed with a severe brain tumor, receiving an aggressive treatment that took its toll but ultimately was successful,” the management group relayed.
This treatment left her almost blind in one eye and caused a significant amount of hearing loss. But this did not stop her from touring with Roxette when the band held a reunion tour in 2009.
In 1986, she and Per Gessle formed Roxette, which eventually had a string of smash hits, including:
- “The Look”
- “Listen to Your Heart”
- “It Must Have Been Love”
The last of these songs live on most strongly today, thanks in part to its inclusion in the ever-popular film Pretty Woman.
Interestingly, the group’s success in America was due to a Swedish exchange student giving one of their records to a Minneapolis radio DJ, which directly led to an American recording contract and eight albums. Their final record was Good Karma in 2016.
Gessle also issued a statement in reaction to Fredriksson’s death, in which he said, “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! Thank you, Marie. You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer. Thanks for painting my black and white songs in the most beautiful colors. You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years. I’m proud, honored and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humor. All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the same.”