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En utskrift från Dagens Nyheter, 2020-01-25 04:34

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Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson dies at 61

Marie Fredriksson. Foto: Magnus Hallgren

The artist Marie Fredriksson, best known as half of the duo Roxette, has died. Marie Fredriksson had a long career both as a solo artist and in collaborations, but had her greatest international success as one half of the pop band Roxette. 

Marie Fredriksson, or Gun-Marie Bolyos, was born in 1958 in Össjö, southern Sweden, but mostly grew up in Östra Ljungby. 

She had a long career as a musician, but was best known as half of the pop duo Roxette, together with Per Gessle. Roxette became one of Sweden’s most successful musical acts, with hits like ”It must have been love”, ”Joyride” and ”Listen to your heart.”

Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson created the duo Roxette in 1986. Their second album ”Look sharp” became an international success, and was followed by years of tours and international number ones.

She also had a long career as a solo artist in Sweden. In the early 2000’s Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with cancer, and spent long periods after that away from the limelight. During this time she continued to create music and also art, drawing intimate pictures with charcoal. She returned to the stage several times during the years after her diagnosis, and performed at the weddings of both Swedish princesses. Victoria’s in 2010 and three years later when younger sister Madeleine was married. 

In 2013 Marie Fredriksson released the album ”Nu”. In 2016 Roxette reunited for a world tour, but the tour was cancelled part way through due to Marie Fredriksson's health. 

Foto: Magnus Hallgren

Marie Fredriksson was married with two children. She was 61 years old at the time of her death.

”It is with great sorrow we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone. Marie Fredrikson passed away on the morning of December 9 in the suites of her previous illness,” her management writes in a press release. 

”Marie leaves a great musical legacy. With her characteristic, fantastic voice and her great artistry on stage she won the love of audiences all over the world. We will also remember a person with a great appetite for life, an exuberant positive and emotional person with an enormous heart, who cared for everyone close to her.” 

Per Gessle, the second half of pop duo Roxette, says that Marie Fredriksson was a ”unique musician”. 

”I am proud, honored and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, your talent, your warmth, generosity and humor. All my love to you and your family. Things will never be the same,” he says in a statement.