Roxette singer dead: Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61 after long battle with illness

Marie Fredriksson – who co-created Roxette with Per Gessie in 1986 – died today.

A statement from her family reads: “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 died on the morning of December 9 in the suites of her previous illness.”

Her fellow singer Per Gessle also penned an emotional tribute on the band’s website.

The musician said “things will never be the same” without her.

He wrote: “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!

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 colours. You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years.

“I’m proud, honoured and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humour.

“All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the same. P.” has contacted a represenative for Marie for comment.

Back in 2002, the singer was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had surgery to remove the tumour,.

Three years later she said she was “healthy” and not receiving treatment any more. 

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