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    Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson (61) died after a 17 year battle with cancer

    Singer Marie Fredriksson died Monday after a 17-year battle with cancer, her management company has confirmed.

    The 61-year-old was a successful solo artist in her native Sweden before joining with Per Gessle to form Roxette, the act that went on to achieve global fame.
    The duo's breakout single was "The Look," reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989.

    Another single, "It Must Have Been Love," became a smash hit after featuring in the soundtrack of the 1990 romantic comedy "Pretty Woman," starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.

    Roxette toured extensively, with Fredriksson gaining recognition as a talented live performer.

    In 2002 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, from which she recovered following aggressive treatment.

    By 2009, Roxette were performing again, and even made several more albums.

    But by 2016 doctors had advised Fredriksson to stop touring in order to prioritize her health.

    "Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy. Her amazing voice -- both strong and sensitive -- and her magical live performances will be remembered by all of us who was lucky enough to witness them," Dimberg Jernberg Management said in a statement.

    "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."

    Former bandmate Gessle released a statement remembering Fredriksson as an "outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer."
    The pair were friends for more than 40 years, Gessle said.
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    30 years ago I fell in love with a voice.

    There was this song that kept playing on the radio. It was from a movie with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere which I still haven't seen, but I bought the soundtrack. That powerful female voice belonged to one half of a power pop duo that would become the first band that I ever considered myself a true fan of. Way back then, I was listening to whatever garbage they shoved down my throat on the radio, and just accepting that that was what I was supposed to be listening to. But in the midst of all of that noise, all of that Milli Vanilli-Hammer-Ice nonsense that was the popular thing, there was this voice. This expressive, beautiful voice that sucked me in.

    I don't know how many times over the years I've listened to Look Sharp and Joyride. Hundreds? Thousands? Not to mention those mostly unheard of gems called Pearls of Passion and Tourism.

    Even when my musical taste changed and I gravitated towards louder, heavier music, Roxette was one band that I never left behind. I bought each album with enthusiasm, and was never disappointed. For the last 30 years, that band has never once left my regular rotation.

    I never got to see them live. There was never the opportunity. They had their popularity for a few years, and then faded from the spotlight by the time I was self-sufficient enough to buy my own concert tickets. Their final tour didn't make it anywhere near me. But the live album that they mad eon that tour is a thing of beauty, and I must have listened to it three times yesterday. On my way to work, on my way home, during my shift. Heck, I probably listened to about 90% of their music yesterday. I think Per would like that.

    I am a Roxette fan, I have been a Roxette fan for the majority of my life and I will always be a Roxette fan. The news of Marie's passing was not shocking - she'd been fighting this for almost two decades - but it was sad. This voice that had been such a big part of my life for the past three decades was silenced. A part of my youth died with her.

    Rest in Peace, Marie. You were cherished.
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    You made me sniffle a bit, Nomad.

    You need to watch Pretty Woman and see how that beautiful song fits perfectly into the movie.

    RIP Marie
    I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to. - Donnie Darko

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