Roxette Singer Marie Fredriksson Dies At 61

Marie Fredriksson, the singer of Roxette, died Monday after a 17-year battle with cancer, as confirmed by her management company.

Marie Fredriksson of Roxette | Photo from AFP/Patrik Stollarz

Marie Fredriksson was a successful solo artist in Sweden before joining with Per Gessle to form the duo Roxette. The duo’s single, It Must Have Been Love, became a hit after featuring in the official soundtrack of Pretty Woman starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.

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.”

Marie was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002, in which she recovered after her treatment. In 2009, Marie and Gessle were performing again as Roxette and made a lot of albums during that time.

In 2016, doctors advised Marie to stop her tour in order to prioritize her health.

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

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