Following a lengthy illness...

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died after a long illness.

The Swedish songwriter formed Roxette in 1986, forging a creative partnership with Per Gessie.

Scoring international success, power ballads such as 'It Must Have Been Love' rocketed the group to stardom.

Marie Fredriksson performed in London's O2 Arena back in 2015, however she has now succumbed to illness.

News was confirmed by her family, who issued the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone. Marie Fredriksson died on the morning of 9 December in the suites of her previous illness.”

Roxette were quick to pay tribute, stating: "Things will never be the same..."

Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

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