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Roxette star Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61 after a 17-year battle with brain cancer

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Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died aged 61 after a 17-year battle with cancer.  

The Swedish pop star, whose most iconic hits included It Must Have Been Love and Listen To Your Heart, passed away on Monday morning and her bandmate, Per Gessle, said ‘things will never be the same.’ 

The musician retired from touring three years ago on doctor’s orders, and is survived by husband Mikael Bolyos and their two children, daughter Inez Josefin, 26, and son Oscar, 23. 

Roxette star dead aged 61: It Must Have Been Love singer Marie Fredriksson passed away on Monday in hospital following a long illness (pictured in 2015)

Roxette star dead aged 61: It Must Have Been Love singer Marie Fredriksson passed away on Monday in hospital following a long illness (pictured in 2015)

Roxette’s debut single Neverending Love followed by the album Pearls of Passion in 1986 made the band big stars in Sweden. 

But it was after the release of their single, The Look from Roxette’s second album Look Sharp! that their fame grew internationally. 

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The record became the first of four US number ones for the band, while its parent album, Look Sharp!, went platinum.  

Hailing from Halmstad, Sweden, Roxette achieved their biggest success when their 1987 Christmas single, It Must Have Been Love, was included on the Pretty Woman soundtrack in 1990. 

It topped the charts in over ten countries, and gave the band their biggest UK hit, reaching number three. 

The band sold an estimated 75m records worldwide, and recorded 10 studio albums. 

Sad: The star, who made up pop duo, Roxette with bandmate Per Gessle in 1986, passed away on Monday (pictured in 1990)

Sad: The star, who made up pop duo, Roxette with bandmate Per Gessle in 1986, passed away on Monday (pictured in 1990)

statement released by her management said: ‘Marie Fredriksson is most mourned by her husband Mikael Bolyos and their two children.

‘It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone.’

‘Marie Fredriksson passed away in the morning of December 9, as a result of her previous illness,’ the family wrote in a statement.’

Her family added Marie ‘will be buried in silence with only the closest family present.’ 

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Gessle, who formed the band in 1986 with Marie and had been friends with her since the 70s, paid tribute, writing: ‘Time goes by so quickly. 

‘It’s not that long ago we spent days and nights in my tiny apartment in Halmstad, listening to music we loved, sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share!

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