Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson died at age 61.
As a member of the Swedish duo, who became famous in the 80s and 90s, Mrs. Fredriksson was known for her exciting voice and dynamic presence on stage. Marie Fredriksson performing in Johannesburg in 2016 during Roxette’s 30th-anniversary tour.
Marie Fredriksson, the Roxette singer, the Swedish pop duo who made waves in the 1980s and 1990s, died Monday. She was 61 years old.
His management team, Dimberg Jernberg, did not specify the cause of his death but said in a statement Tuesday that Fredriksson had fought cancer after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002.
Fredriksson and singer and songwriter Per Gessle formed Roxette in 1986, and fame in Sweden came shortly after the release of their first single, “Neverending Love.” But it was “The Look”, a simple strut of 1989, heavy on guitars and synthesizing electricity, which brought Roxette to the international stage.
“The Look” became the first single of the Billboard Hot 100 # 1 duo, and songs like “Listen To Your Heart” and “Joyride” soon followed. The duo became particularly known for their soft rock ballads like “It Must Have Been Love,” a song that appeared in the soundtrack of “Pretty Woman,” the 1990 romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
“Roxette’s main asset is Marie Fredriksson, a singer with a sob in her voice, a platinum blonde Billy Idol hairstyle and a taste for tight suits,” critic Jon Pareles wrote in the New York Times in 1992, in another scathing criticism of the group’s debut in New York. At that time, Roxette had six hits in the Top 10 since 1988.
Although his greatest successes were born in the 1980s and 1990s, Roxette’s popularity proved to be sustainable. The band released new albums and re-recorded from 2009 to 2016, and the videos of their songs have attracted millions of views on YouTube.
Marie Fredriksson was born on May 30, 1958, in Skane County, in southern Sweden. As a teenager, he moved to Halmstad, a nearby port city, and played in two bands, Strul and MaMas Barn, before launching a solo career in 1984, according to his website.
She is survived by her husband, Mikael Bolyos, and two children, Josefin and Oscar.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mr. Gessle paid tribute to Mrs. Fredriksson as an “outstanding musician, voice teacher, amazing performer” and added: “Thank you for painting my songs in black and white with the most beautiful colors.”
“Time passes very fast,” he said. “Not long ago, we spent days and nights in my little apartment in Halmstad, listening to music we love, sharing impossible dreams.”