Marie Fredriksson, the singer of the Roxette Swedish duo, died at the age of 61. The artist died on Monday 9 December after a long illness, a brain cancer that she fought for over 17 years. This was reported by the Swedish newspaper Express which reported a note from the family. The singer leaves her husband and two children.

Marie Fredriksson had given life to Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986. The duo were successful especially in the 1980s and 1990s. During their long career they have released 22 albums (the last in 2016) and placed 19 songs at the top of the world rankings.

Among their hits, “It Must Have Been Love”, included in the soundtrack of the movie “Pretty Woman”, “Joyride”, “Listen To Your Heart” and “The Look”.

For Gessle, Fredriksson’s companion in the duo, he paid her homage with a tweet:

“Time passes quickly. Not much time has passed since we spent days and nights in my small apartment sharing impossible dreams. I am honored to have been able to meet your talent and your generosity. All my love for you and your family. Things will never be the same again”.