Roxette were a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson vocals and keyboards and Per Gessle  vocals and guitar. Formed in , the duo became an international act in the late s, when they released their breakthrough second album Look Sharp! Their third album Joyride , which was released in , became just as successful as its predecessor. Before coming together to form the duo, Fredriksson and Gessle were already established artists in Sweden , she having released a number of solo albums and he being the lead singer and songwriter of Gyllene Tider , a band that had three No. On the advice of the managing director of their record label, the two came together to record " Neverending Love ", which became a hit single in Sweden. They continued to chart in other territories, mainly in Europe and Latin America , where they earned various Gold and Platinum awards until the beginning of the new millennium. In , the duo took a break from recording and touring when Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
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Marie Fredriksson, the singer for Swedish chart-toppers Roxette, died after a year battle with cancer. Marie Fredriksson — the Swedish vocalist who scored a string of late-Eighties and early-Nineties hits with Roxette — died Monday following a year battle with cancer. She was And what a dream we eventually got to share! Time goes by so quickly. Things will never be the same. You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer. Thanks for painting my black-and-white songs in the most beautiful colors. You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years.
She was Her management team, Dimberg Jernberg, did not say where she died or specify the cause of death, but said in a statement that Ms. Fredriksson had struggled with cancer after learning that she had a brain tumor in Fredriksson and the singer-songwriter Per Gessle formed Roxette in Each had achieved moderate success in Sweden; they decided that together they could strive for international stardom. Fredriksson told The Los Angeles Times in American critics were often no friendlier. Roxette, like Abba before it and Ace of Base after, achieved huge success as a Swedish group singing in English, making immaculately crafted pop music. Fredriksson sounded as if she could triumph over heartbreak by leaning on a sturdily constructed song.
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