After years of cancer, the Swedish singer and musician Marie Fredriksson died at the age of 61 on December 9th. Marie Fredriksson was born on May 30, 1958 in Östra Ljungby. After studying at the conservatory in Svalov, she received a record deal with her band. In 1984 she started a solo career and gained great popularity in Sweden. Besides, she worked as a background singer and studio musician for the band of Per Gessle. Together with Gessle she founded the duo “Roxette” in 1986, which achieved its worldwide breakthrough in 1989 with the title “The Look”. With over 75 million records sold worldwide, Roxette is one of the most successful pop music bands of the 1980s and 1990s. Although she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002, she released more solo albums, celebrated a comeback on stage with Roxette at the 2009 Night of the Proms in London, and completed two world tours in 2011 and 2015 with millions of listeners.