Roxette star Marie Fredriksson died of 'complications' after brain tumour battle

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.

Roxette stars Marie Fredricksson and Per Gessle

She continued performing after her recovering from the treatment

“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.

Roxette with Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle (Pic:Getty)
Per has paid tribute to his long time friend and co-star

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She underwent surgery to remove the growth as well as rounds of chemotheraphy and radiotherapy.

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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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