Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson has died aged 61 after a long battle with illness.

Her management confirmed the news in a statement they tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.

The statement read: "It is with great sadness we have to announce that Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has passed away in the morning of December 9, following a 17-year long battle with cancer."

The Swedish star was best known for her Roxette hits It Must Have Been Love - which featured in the 1990 box office hit Pretty Woman - The Look, Joyride and Listen To Your Heart.

Roxette's Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle pictured in 1990

Her bandmate Per Gessle commented: "Time goes by so quickly. It's not that long ago we spent days and nights in my tiny apartment in Halmstad, listening to music we loved, sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share!

"Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything. 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 colours."

He added: "You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years. I'm proud, honoured and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humour."

Fredriksson is survived by her husband Mikael Bolyos and two children Josefin and Oscar.