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Marie Fredriksson of Swedish pop duo Roxette dies at 61

Marie Fredriksson, the female half of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died at age 61. Fredriksson formed Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986. The two released their first album the same year and went on to achieve international success in the late 1980s and 1990s with hits including “The Look” and “It Must Have Been Love.” The Dimberg Jernberg agency said Fredriksson died “of the consequences of a long illness.” On his Facebook profile, Gessle wrote: “You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer.” Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002 and she underwent aggressive treatment that took its toll but ultimately was successful. Fredriksson is survived by her husband, Mikael Bolyos, and their two children, Josefin and Oscar.

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