Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies at 61
In this photo made available Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 singer Marie Fredriksson of the Swedish pop duo Roxette performs on stage during a concert in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri)
STOCKHOLM -- Marie Fredriksson, the female half of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died at age 61, her management agency said Tuesday.
Fredriksson formed Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986. The two released their first album the same year and went on to achieve international success in the late 1980s and 1990s.
The Dimberg Jernberg agency said Fredriksson died Monday "of the consequences of a long illness."
It "is with great sorrow that we must inform you that one of greatest and most-loved artists is gone," the firm said.
Fredriksson became ill in 2002 and was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She underwent radiation treatment and had continued health problems.
Fredriksson is survived by her husband, Mikael Bolyos, and their two children, Josefin and Oscar.