Marie Fredriksson

Fredriksson in 2014 Gun-Marie Fredriksson (; 30 May 1958 – 9 December 2019) was a Swedish singer, songwriter, pianist, and lead vocalist of pop-rock duo Roxette, which she formed in 1986 with Per Gessle. The duo achieved international success in the late 1980s and early 1990s with their albums ''Look Sharp!'' (1988) and ''Joyride'' (1991), and had multiple hits on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100, including four number ones.

Fredriksson had a successful career in her native country prior to forming Roxette. She was a member of punk group Strul, a band which created their own music festival in 1979. Strul's dissolution led to the creation of her next project, the short-lived MaMas Barn, after which she began releasing solo work. Her first album, ''Het vind'', was issued in 1984, followed by ''Den sjunde vågen'' in 1986 and ''... Efter stormen'' in 1987. Roxette's international breakthrough coincided with a period of inactivity for Fredriksson as a solo artist, punctuated only by the release of the non-album single "Sparvöga" in 1989. Subsequent solo albums included ''Den ständiga resan'' (1992) and ''I en tid som vår'' (1996).

In 2002, after fainting at home, Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour. During her rehabilitation, she continued to record music as a solo artist, resulting in ''The Change'' in 2004 and ''Min bäste vän'' in 2006, as well as the non-album single "Där du andas" in 2008—her first and only solo number one single in Sweden. She and Gessle later reunited to record more albums as Roxette, and the pair embarked on a worldwide concert tour. She also continued to record as a solo artist in her native Sweden, releasing ''Nu!'' in 2013. Fredriksson died on 9 December 2019 as a result of health issues stemming from her brain tumour. Provided by Wikipedia
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