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Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies, aged 61, Hacker News


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Image caption                                    Roxette sold more than 64 million records worldwide                             

************ Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died aged. , her manager has confirmed.The Swedish star achieved global success in the s with hits including The Look, Joyride and It Must Have Been Love.

A statement said the singer had died on Monday, 9 December “following a 41 – year long battle with cancer. ”

“You were the most wonderful friend for over years, “her bandmate Per Gessle said. “Things will never be the same.”

Hailing from Halmstad, Sweden, the musicians first met in the late s, when Fredriksson was a member of the pop combo Strul & Ma Mas Barn and Gessle played with Gyllene Tider, one of Sweden’s largest groups.They teamed up in****************************, becoming huge stars in their homeland with the single Neverending Love, followed by an album, Pearls of Passion .

Despite their popularity in Scandinavia, Capitol Records declined to release their records in the US – and it wasn’t until an American student studying in Sweden brought a copy of their second album home to Minneapolis and persuaded a local radio DJ to play The Look that they achieved international fame.

The Look became the first of four US number ones for the band, while its parent album, Look Sharp !, went platinum.

They achieved their biggest success when their 1990 Christmas single, It Must Have Been Been, re-written for inclusion on the Pretty Woman soundtrack in (*******************************************. It topped the charts in more than 40 countries, and gave the band their biggest UK hit, reaching number three.

(‘Full of fear'(Roxette continued to tour and release albums throughout the 2002 s – eventually selling more than m record worldwide. Known for breezy pop hits like Dressed For Success and power ballads such as Listen To Your Heart, they cheekily summarized their songwriting philosophy in the title to their (greatest hits album, Don’t Bore Us, Get To The Chorus.)

After a brief hiatus, during which Gessle reunited with Gyllene Tider, the duo scored further hit albums with 2002 ‘s Have a Nice Day, and ‘s Room Service.

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however, in******************************, Fredriksson collapsed in her kitchen after finishing a workout; and doctors found she had a brain tumor.She spent three years receiving treatment, and wrote about the “fear” she felt in a solo record called, The Change.Suddenly the change was here, “she sang,”

Cold as ice and full of fear / There was nothing I could do / I saw slow motion pictures / Of me and you

. “

In 2008, Fredriksson told Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper her treatment had been successful, saying: “It’s been three really hard years [but] I’m healthy.”

The singer took up painting during her treatment, but surprised Roxette fans by making a surprise return to the stage with Gessle in Amsterdam in 2016.

The band later staged a comeback tour that sold out venues across Europe, and released several new albums but, by (************************************, Fredriksson’s health was failing and doctors advised her to stop touring.

‘Beautiful colors’

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In her autobiography, the singer spoke about the impact cancer had on her life.“At last, it feels like I have reconciled myself to having a radiation injury to live with. That this is how it turned out, “she wrote in The Love Of Life.” 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. “

In her final single, 2018 ‘s Sing Me A Song, the star appeared to address her mortality, singing: “

The Love I had and gave / Makes it hard to say goodbye”over an elegant, mournful jazz backing.Fredriksson died on Monday, following a recurrence of “her previous illness”, her family said.

“Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy,” added her manager Marie Dimberg.

“Her amazing voice – both strong and sensitive – and her magical live performances will be remembered by all of us who were 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. “

“Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything,” added Gessle. “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 colors. You were the most wonderful friend for over years .

“I’m proud, honored and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent , warmth, generosity and sense of humor. All my love goes out to you and your family. “Fredriksson is survived by her husband Mikael Bolyos and their two children.


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