/Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson, who crooned It Must Have Been Love, dead at 61

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson, who crooned It Must Have Been Love, dead at 61

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died at 61, according to an official statement from her management’s website.

The statement says the Swedish star died Monday after a 17-year battle with cancer.

Following a solo career, Fredriksson teamed up with Per Gessle in 1986 to form the pop duo Roxette, which launched them into the international spotlight.

The pair is best known for the songs “It Must Have Been Love,” “Listen to Your Heart,” and “The Look.”

Fredriksson was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002, according to the statement.

She underwent aggressive treatment that took its toll but ultimately was successful, her management agency said. However, she was left blind in one eye, with limited hearing and mobility, and was unable to read or write. She was also unable to speak for a considerable period of time after her treatment. Over the years she was able to make a gradual return to the world stage

Gessle, 60, thanked his late musical companion for “everything.”

“You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer,” he said in a statement. “Thanks for painting my black and white songs in the most beautiful (colors). You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years.”

Fredriksson leaves behind her husband and two children, the statement says.

Fellow artist Boy George took to Twitter to send condolences. 

Fredriksson was born in southern Sweden on May 30, 1958, and had her artistic breakthrough in 1984 in Sweden.

Roxette achieved international success with their albums “Look Sharp!” in 1988 and “Joyride” in 1991, and had six top two hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The pair sold 80 million records worldwide and embarked on world tours.

They were Sweden’s best-known band since ABBA in the 1970s and 1980s, and in 2003, Sweden’s Carl Gustaf XVI awarded the duo a royal award. Fredriksson made her first public appearance after her brain tumor operation to receive the honor with Gessle.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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