Marie Fredriksson, the female lead singer of Swedish pop group Roxette, has died at age 61. The band's manager confirmed the news in a statement, revealing that Fredriksson passed away on Tuesday (Dec. 10) following a "17-year long battle with cancer." According to a statement, "In 2002, Marie was diagnosed with a severe brain tumor, receiving an aggressive treatment that took its toll but ultimately was successful."
Fredriksson and Per Gessle formed the pop group in 1986 and went on to record a string of beloved hits, beginning with 1989's fizzy "The Look," the first of four No. 1 singles on the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100, a run that also included "Listen to Your Heart," "Joyride" and their titanic hit ballad, "It Must Have Been Love," which was later featured in the hit film Pretty Woman. After her initial diagnosis and treatment that reportedly left her nearly blind in one eye and with limited hearing, Fredriksson returned to the stage for a Roxette comeback tour in 2009.
"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," read the statement from the group's Dimberg Jernberg Management team. "During the comeback years Marie was an amazing trooper, overcoming the many rigors of touring in order to meet her fans on stage again and again. But by 2016, the show was finally over when Marie´s doctors advised her to stop touring and focus on her health."