Marie Fredriksson, who sang ‘it must have been love’ dies at 61

Swedish pop star, Marie Fredriksson, whose sang the hit song ‘It Must Have Been Love’, has died after battling a long illness.

The blonde superstar, who made up Roxette with bandmate Per Gessle in 1986, passed away on Monday, aged 61, Swedish newspaper The Express reported.

“Marie Fredriksson is most mourned by her husband Mikael Bolyos and their two children, [26-year-old daughter Inez Josefin and son Oscar, 23].

“It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone.

“Marie Fredriksson died on the morning of December 9 in the suites of her previous illness,” the family wrote in a statement.

Her family added that Marie ‘will be buried in silence with only the closest family present.’

In 2002, Marie collapsed and suffered a seizure while out jogging with her husband and a brain tumour was later detected.

She had surgery to remove the tumour and completed months of chemotherapy and radiation.

She was sadly left blind in one eye and with limited hearing, while she was unable to speak for months afterwards.

In 2005, she said: “It’s been three very difficult years, I’m healthy. I’m not receiving treatment any more.”

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