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Singer Marie Fredriksson of Swedish band Roxette performing during a concert in Oberursel near Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. - As her management announced on December 10, 2019, Fredriksson died on December 9, 2019 at the age of 61. -AFP

SINGER Marie Fredriksson of the Swedish duo Roxette died On Dec 9 at the age of 61.

Fredriksson had been diagnosed in 2002 with a severe brain tumour but went into remission and returned to the studio in 2010.

Six years later, however, her doctors advised her to stop touring and rest.

"It is with great sadness we have to announce that Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has passed away in the morning of December 9, following a 17-year long battle with cancer," Dimberg Jernberg Management said in a statement.

Singer Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle of Swedish band Roxette during a concert in Munich, southern Germany. -AFP

Roxette, formed in 1986 by Fredriksson and the guitarist Per Gessle, sold more than 80 million albums worldwide.

"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 colours," Gessle said after her death.

Roxette's hits included It Must Have Been Love, Listen To Your Heart and The Look.

Their ballad It Must Have Been Love featured in the soundtrack of Hollywood rom-com Pretty Woman starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.

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