Marie Fredriksson, one half of the popular Swedish band Roxette, has died at the age of 61 after a long illness.
The music star, who is best known for the top-rating hits It Must Have Been Love and Listen to Your Heart, died on Monday morning, 17 years after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Fredriksson’s management team announced the news, writing: “Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy. 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 woman with a very big heart who cared for everybody she met.”
In their original heyday at the end of the 1980s, when Roxette were Abba’s successors as Sweden’s chart-topping international export, Fredriksson and Per Gessle, Roxette’s guitarist and co-vocalist, had four number one singles in the US and numerous other countries with The Look, Listen to Your Heart, It Must Have Been Love and Joyride.