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Roxette Singer, Marie Fredriksson, Passes at 61

Marie Fredriksson from the Swedish pop duo Roxette died Monday due to complications from cancer.  She was only 61.

Back in 2002, Marie had a seizure and fell in her bathroom, cracking her skull.  An MRI revealed a brain tumor, and doctors gave her a 25% chance of survival. 

She did survive, obviously, but had ongoing health problems due to the radiation therapy.  Marie continued to perform, but ultimately had to retire in 2016.

Marie and Per Gessle formed Roxette in 1986, and went on to score international hits with “The Look”, “Listen to Your Heart”, “Joyride”, and “It Must Have Been Love”.

Gessle issued a statement saying, quote, “Thank you Marie, thank you for everything.  You were a truly unique musician, a singer on a level we will hardly ever experience again.  You painted my black and white songs with the most beautiful colors.”

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