Marie Fredriksson, vocalist for the Swedish pop/rock band Roxette, has passed away at the age of 61 after a battle with brain cancer. The news was posted to the band’s social media pages by Fredriksson’s collaborator and Roxette band mate, Per Gessle:
Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days+nights in my tiny apartment sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share! I’m honoured to have met your talent+generosity. All my love goes to you+your family. Things will never be the same. pic.twitter.com/MQwkjEozl3
— Roxette (@TheRealRoxette) December 10, 2019
Gessle’s message in text form — a truly touching and heartbreaking way to say goodbye to a longtime friend:
Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days+nights in my tiny apartment sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share! I’m honoured to have met your talent+generosity. All my love goes to you+your family. Things will never be the same.
In addition to massive success in Europe, Roxette burst onto the scene in the United States with a string of hits in the 1980s, four of them — “The Look,” “Listen to Your Heart,” “Joyride” and “It Must Have Been Love” — reaching the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Listen to Your Heart” may be the group’s most enduring hit in the United States, thanks in part to a 2005 remix by Belgian electronic/dance act DHT, whose version became an international smash-hit. Here’s the original:
And the DHT remix:
“The Look,” meanwhile, was actually Roxette’s first No. 1 on the U.S. charts in 1989:
“It Must Have Been Love,” which registered Roxette another hit when it was featured on the soundtrack to the 1990 film Pretty Woman, was also a mega-hit in several countries:
Her passing elicited loving remembrances on social media:
Marie Fredriksson from Roxette has died after a battle with cancer. R.I.P and condolences to her family, friends and fans. I hate f******* cancer!!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) December 10, 2019
.@TheRealRoxette singer Marie Fredriksson has passed away at 61. Thank you Marie for sharing your soul with the world, your music providing a true joyride at every play. Please join me in sending prayers and condolences to Marie's family and loved ones. https://t.co/AdVQ9vQfa3
— Martha Quinn Ⓥ (@MarthaQuinn) December 10, 2019
May Marie Fredriksson rest in peace.