Roxette star Marie Fredriksson reportedly died of complications following a long battle with brain cancer.
She passed away yesterday aged 61 – 15 years after she was first diagnosed with a tumour.
Her agent Marie Dimberg confirmed in a statement that her death was linked to her previous health battle.
She explained: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone.
“Marie Fredriksson passed away on the morning of December 9 as a result of her previous illness.”
Her Roxette co-star Per Gessle paid tribute on Twitter , writing: “Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days+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+generosity. All my love goes to you+your family. Things will never be the same.”
Marie was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002 after complaining of feeling unwell during a jog and later collapsing at home.
Doctors warned that she only had a 20 per cent chance of survival, but she managed to recover after a long and gruelling course of treatment.
She underwent surgery to remove the growth as well as rounds of chemotheraphy and radiotherapy.
The treatment left her blind in one eye with limited hearing, and was unable to speak for several months.
Speaking in 2005, Marie said her of progress: “It’s been three very difficult years, [but] I’m healthy. I’m not receiving treatment any more.”
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