Singer Marie Fredriksson of the band Roxette, live in concert in Cologne, Germany, march 2011
December 10, 2019 8h08
Updated at 21h49
Death of the singer of the Swedish duo Roxette [VIDEO]
STOCKHOLM — The singer of the Swedish band Roxette, Marie Fredriksson, voice of success It Must Have Been Love and The Look, has died of cancer, announced Tuesday its managing director.
“It is with great sadness that we must announce that Marie Fredriksson of the band Roxette, died on the morning of 9 December after a struggle of 17 years against cancer,” said Dimberg Jernberg Management in a press release.
Marie Fredriksson, 61 years of age, was treated since 2002 for a brain tumour. In remission, she had gone away on tour and had returned to the studios in 2010. But six years later, his doctors had advised to take rest.
Formed in 1986 by Marie Fredriksson and guitarist Per Gessle, Roxette has sold nearly 80 million albums, joining the list of Swedish bands of worldwide fame, like ABBA, Ace of Base, The Cardigans or Europe.
The duo accumulates the hits including The Look, Listen to Your Heart, or It Must Have Been Love appears on the soundtrack of the movie Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
In 1989, The Look, extracted from their second album Look Sharp!, sign their first global success. The title, saturated guitars, is ranked # 1 on the Billboard charts.
“You were a great musician, a unique female singer, a great artist. Thank you to have added wonderful colors to my songs in black and white,” responded Per Gessle in a press release.
In 2013, she explained that she had to relearn how to speak and sing because of the disease.
“It was a great penalty. I was so afraid, I didn’t know how it all happen. In my inner heart, I thought : “I’ll get there, I don’t have the time to die”. I repeated often, even if the prognosis was not very good.”
Marie Fredriksson was married to the musician Mikael Bolyos, with whom she had two children.