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Roxette Singer Marie Fredriksson Dead at 61

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Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson died on Tuesday at age 61 following a long battle with cancer, her manager said.

Fredriksson, who found global success in the 1990’s with Swedish duo Roxette with hits like “The Look,” “Joyride” and “It Must Have Been Love.”

“It is with great sadness we have to announce that Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has passed away in the morning of December 9, following a 17-year long battle with cancer,” a statement from Fredriksson’s management company, Dimberg Jernberg, read.

“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,” said Fredriksson’s Roxette bandmate Per Gessle via the management company.

“Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything. You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer. Thanks for painting my black and white songs in the most beautiful colors. You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years. I’m proud, honored and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humor. All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the same.”

Gessle also shared a tribute to Fredriksson on social media. “Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days+nights in my tiny apartment sharing impossible dreams,” she wrote on Twitter. “And what a dream we eventually got to share! I’m honoured to have met your talent+generosity. All my love goes to you+your family. Things will never be the same.”