Over too soon! Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61

Roxette singer, Marie Fredriksson, passes away after a long illness aged 61.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1726″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Marie Fredriksson, one of the most recognisable voices of the 80s and 90s as the singer of Roxette, has passed away following a long illness aged 61.

Fredriksson and partner in Roxette, Per Gessle, met in the 70s and formed Roxette in 1986 before finding fame in the US when a student took one of their albums to the States and handed it to a radio station which led to four number one hits in the US, the most famous being the iconic power ballad “It Must Have Been Love” which reached number three in the UK charts and is most recognisable as part of the Pretty Woman soundtrack.

After a seizure in 2002, Fredriksson suffered various health issues over the following years after doctors said it was unlikely she would survive the seizure that led to a cracked skull which identified a brain tumour. She continued to perform until 2016 until her health deteriorated further.

Gessle released a statement to Fredriksson following her death saying: “Time goes by so fast. It feels like just recently when Marie and I were sitting in my little apartment in Halmstad sharing dreams. And what a fantastic dream we got to share! Thank you, Marie, thank you for everything. You were a truly unique musician, a singer on a level we will hardly ever experience again. You painted my black and white songs with the most beautiful colours.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]