Roxette singer and vocal powerhouse Marie Fredriksson has passed away. The Swedish star is survived by her husband Mikael Bolyos and their two children – daughter Josefin (26) and son Oscar (23). A statement from her family published in the Swedish paper Expressen read: ‘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 9th due to complications from her illness.’ What was Marie Fredriksson’s cause of death? A statement from Dimberg Jernberg Management confirmed that Fredriksson, 61, passed away on 9 December after a ’17 year long battle with cancer’.

The agency wrote: ‘Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy. Her amazing voice – both strong and sensitive – and her magical live performances will be remembered by all of us who was lucky enough to witness them. ‘But we also remember a wonderful person with a huge appetite for life, and woman with a very big heart who cared for everybody she met.’

Marie Fredriksson had previously battled a brain tumour which was discovered in 2002. At the time, the It Must Have Been Love singer was told she had a 25% chance of survival. However, in 2005 – after Fredriksson had surgery to remove the tumour and completed months of chemotherapy and radiation therapy – she said: ‘It’s been three very difficult years, [but] I’m healthy. I’m not receiving treatment any more.’

Fredriksson was unable to speak for months after her treatment, and the tumour left her blind in one eye and with limited hearing. Marie Fredriksson during a live performance in San Francisco (Picture: Steve Jennings/WireImage) Since the news of her passing, Marie’s Roxette bandmate Per Gessle has said: ‘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.’ Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle performing in 1991 (Picture: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images) Marie and Per found massive success performing as Roxette in the 80s and 90s. During their time together, they gave us songs such as It Must Have Been Love, which featured on the Pretty Woman soundtrack, Joyride, Listen To Your Heart, Fading Like A Flower and The Look. Their last album, Good Karma, came out in 2016 and reached number two in the Swedish charts.

Roxette were meant to support this release with a 30th-anniversary tour; however, Marie announced she would no longer be touring. She explained in a Facebook post at the time: ‘It’s been an amazing 30 years! I feel nothing but joy and happiness when I look back on the Roxette world tours. All our shows and memories over the years will forever be a big part of my life.

I’m particularly proud and grateful for coming back in 2009 after my severe illness and to have been able to take Roxette around the globe a couple of more times. ‘Sadly, now my touring days are over and I want to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful fans that has followed us on our long and winding journey.

I look forward to the release of our album Good Karma in June — for me it’s our best album ever!’ Marie performing in 2009 (Picture: Most Wanted/REX/Shutterstock) In her 2015 autobiography, The Love Of Life, Marie wrote on the subject of accepting her health: ‘At last, it feels like I have reconciled myself to having a radiation injury to live with. That this is how it turned out.

‘I have lost many years through the disease. And it is also a sadness to age. But every day I think I’m grateful to be sitting here. And that I can still sing.’ MORE: WATCH: Old Britpop rivals Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn got together to play Gorillaz songs MORE: Harry Styles afraid of making ‘fun music’ after leaving One Direction

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