Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - It Must Have Been Love Roxette singer dies aged 61

It Must Have Been Love Roxette singer dies aged 61

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Singer Marie Fredriksson (left) and Per Gessle of Swedish band Roxette pose in Cologne, western Germany in 2006. Fredriksson died on Monday at the age of 61. JÖRG CARSTENSEN/DPA/AFP

It Must Have Been Love Roxette singer dies aged 61

The lead singer of Swedish pop duo sensation Roxette, Marie Fredriksson, who shot to global fame in the 1990s with hits like It Must Have Been Love”, has died aged 61 after a long fight with cancer, her manager said on Tuesday.

The mother of two, who died on Monday, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002 but went into remission and made a musical comeback a few years later.

By 2016, however, the illness had taken its toll and doctors advised her to stop touring.

Announcing her death, Dimberg Jernberg Management described Fredriksson as “a wonderful person with a huge appetite for life”.

“Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy,” the company said in a statement.

“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.”

Fellow band member and guitarist Per Gessle paid farewell to his long-term friend in a heartfelt statement, saying: “Things will never be the same.

“Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything. 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.

“You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years.”

‘Unlikely second coming’

Born in the southern Swedish village of Ossjo, Fredriksson kick-started her career in the nearby city of Halmstad where she met Gessle in the 1980s.

The pair formed Roxette in 1986 and went on to sell more than 80 million albums worldwide.

After achieving national success with the release of their first album, they made their international breakthrough in 1989 with catchy pop song The Look.

The song shot to number one on the US Billboard that same year and would later be followed by Joyride, Listen To Your Heart and It Must Have Been Love.

The heartbreak ballad was used in the soundtrack of Hollywood rom-com Pretty Woman starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.

The aggressive treatment for her brain tumour forced Fredriksson to take a break but by 2009, Roxette were back on tour and in the recording studio.

“The unlikely second coming of Roxette resulted in several new albums, and tours that again put the duo in front of screaming, smiling and crying crowds all over the world,” Dimberg Jernberg Management said.

It added that the funeral would take place with only the closest family members present, including her husband Mikael Bolyos and her children Josefin and Oscar. It did not give a date.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry issues warning over coronavirus outbreak

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday asked the public to be on “high alert” as a new virus wreaks havoc across Asia. However, no cases have been reported in the Kingdom thus far. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has raised the alarm for its similarity to

  • Call for boycott of Angkor unacceptable

    Dear Editor, I wish to express my strong disagreement on the article published by Traveller for their website with the title Best places to go in 2020: 12 destinations you should avoid. Below is my opinion of the article. It is obviously free for the Traveller to

  • Probe underway after wreckage of drone with Chinese characters found

    Air Force Command spokesman Prak Sokha said on Sunday that investigations are underway regarding the wreckage of a drone that was recovered in Koh Kong province’s Koh Sdech commune in Kiri Sakor district. The wreckage has been taken to the capital for further examination,

  • Gov’t slams UN rapporteurs over Sokha trial statement

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the UN Office in Geneva deplored the statement of three UN special rapporteurs who claimed that Kem Sokha’s trial was “tainted” due to irregularities. The reaction

  • No power shortages next dry season, says energy minister

    Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem has assured the public that Cambodia will not suffer power shortages during the next dry season. Speaking on local TV on Tuesday, Sem projected a rise in power demand during 2020’s dry season – which starts in November and

  • Gov’t takes steps to lower logistics, transport costs

    With the threat of losing trade privileges in the EU drawing closer, the government is taking measures to reduce logistics and transportation costs to safeguard the Kingdom’s competitiveness. The EU is due to decide whether or not to withdraw the Kingdom’s trade privileges