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Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died, aged 61

Swedish singer Marie Fredriksson, of popular band Roxette, has died, aged 61.

The musical icon died on Monday morning, after a long battle with a brain tumour.

In a statement from her family, published in Swedish newspaper Expressen, they confirmed she died from complications from her “previous illness”.

She was initially diagnosed after fainting at home in 2002.

“It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone,” they said in the statement.

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

The artist formed Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986 and was best known for singing power ballad “It Must Have Been Love”.

According to the family, Fredriksson will be buried in silence with only the closest family present.

Fredriksson is survived by her husband Mikael Bolyos and their two adult children, Inez Josefin, 26, and Oscar, 23.

Band member Gessle took to social media on Tuesday to pay a personal tribute to the late singer.

“Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days [and] nights in my tiny apartment sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share. I’m honoured to have met your talent [and] generosity. All my love goes to you [and] your family. Things will never be the same,” he tweeted.

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