Singer Marie Fredriksson of Swedish pop duo Roxette dies at age 61

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      The female singer of a Swedish pop duo that scored international hits in the 1980s and '90s has succumbed to a long battle with cancer.

      Dimberg Jernberg Management stated in a news release that Marie Fredriksson died on the morning of December 9. She was 61 years old.

      Fredriksson launched her musical career in Sweden with a solo debut in 1984. After she met pop singer-songwriter and guitarist Per Gessle, the two joined forces to form Roxette in 1986.

      Following their 1986 debut album Pearls of Passion released in Scandinavia and Canada, the pair would rocket to international stardom with their second album Look Sharp! and the single “The Look” in the spring of 1989.

      Their string of hits included upbeat tracks and ballads such as “Joyride”, “Listen to Your Heart”, “It Must Have Been Love”, “Dressed for Success”, and “Fading Like a Flower”.

      Fredriksson was diagnosed with a severe brain tumour in 2002, which she received treatment for and she managed to return to the stage in 2009. By 2016, however, her doctors advised her to stop touring and to instead focus on her health.

      Roxette sold 80 million albums worldwide and are Sweden’s second best-selling act after ABBA.