TORONTO, ON., DECEMBER 10, 2019 — Roxette’s hugely popular lead singer Marie Fredriksson has died at age 61. She was suffering from ill health due after undergoing radiation treatment for a brain tumour that was diagnosed in 2002.
“It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone. Marie Fredriksson died on the morning of December 9 in the suites of her former illness, ”writes manager Marie Dimberg in a press release. posted in Sweden’s Expressen.
Roxette bandmate, Per Gessle mourns Marie Fredriksson, and thanks her for all she has done.
“All my love for you and your family. Things will never be the same, ” writes Per Gessle.
Roxette, founded in 1986 was a worldwide Swedish pop group selling over 75 million records worldwide with 19 songs hitting the British top 40. In the U.S. Roxette had four number ones with It Must Have Been Love, The Look, Listen to Your Heart and Joyride. Fredrickson also had a solo project on the go with her most recent album Nu released in Swedish in 2013.
Fredricksson underwent a long and tough treatment for her brain tumour which was diagnosed in 2002 with a 20-25 percent chance of survival according to the Expressen article. She continued to have health problems as a result of the radiation damage from the treatment and she refers to them in her 2004 solo album The Change.
Roxette reunited and toured in 2009, doing hundreds of concerts over the next five years. In 2016 Marie announced she could no longer tour due to her illness. But on her 60th birthday in May 30, 2018, Fredriksson release a jazz single called “Sing me a Song.” she called it her “60th birthday present to the fans,” in a press release in Expressen.
Marie Fredriksson leaves husband Mikael Bolyos, 62, and their two children Josefin Bolyos, 26, and Oscar Bolyos, 23. In the press release, the family says that Marie Fredriksson will be buried in silence with only the immediate family present.
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