Marie Fredriksson, the Roxette singer, has died at the age of 61.
The Swedish singer co-created the band Roxette with Per Gessle back in 1986, and she was best known for her Roxette hits It Must Have Been Love, which was featured in the 1990 Pretty Woman, and other hits including Listen To Your Heart, The Look, Joyride, etc.
She lost her life after suffering from a long-term illness.
The duo was huge at the time, and they have sold more than 75 million records around the world, and scored 19 Top 40 hits.
The family wrote in a statement that Marie is most mourned by her husband Miakel Bolyos and their two children, and it is with great sadness that they have to announce that one of their biggest and most beloved artists is gone.
Per, her co-star, also paid tribute to Marie, and he tweeted:
“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 behind her two children, 23-year-old son Oscar and 26-year-old daughter Inez Josefin, and her husband Mikael.
Marie previously battled a brain tumor back in 2002, and even though doctors warned that she only had a 20% chance of survival back then, she managed to recover after a long course of treatment. Sadly, though, the band took a 17-years break as she dealt with her health problems, and she reunited with Roxette and toured in 2011. She even performed at the Swedish royal weddings of Princess Victoria in 2010, and Princess Madeleine in 2013.