Roxette Singer Marie Fredriksson battled cancer for years. But in all those years, this was the first time she had to let go off her love for music.
Not being able to do the things you love just because of the limitations placed by the body is just heartbreaking. The truth is there is no other option when your body gives up on you. Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson was put in such a situation. The artist, who loved every bit of her profession had to give it up. In December 2019, after a 17-year-old long battle with cancer, she bid farewell to everyone who loved her.
Swedish band Roxette shot to fame across continents in the 1980s. Not only was the band famous, but Fredriksson also became a sensation as a solo artist, according to Rolling Stone. Her albums were ranked number one and her music career was reaching great heights. However, personally, Fredriksson was not in a good place. 2002 was the beginning of her life taking an altogether different direction because that was when she discovered that the illness was consuming her body.
According to Mirror Online, the singer was out for a run with her husband, keyboardist Mikael Bolyos on 11 September 2002. After returning home, the singer told her husband that she was feeling unwell. Not just that, she also lost sight in her right eye immediately. Fredriksson was terrified. Unaware of what was happening to her body, she decided to lie down. However, on the way to the bathroom, she fainted and suffered an epileptic seizure.
Her family immediately took her to the hospital. Within a week of being admitted, they were given the heartbreaking news. She was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and had also suffered from limited hearing. Her chance of survival was 25% and could only happen with aggressive treatment, according to Express UK. The chemotherapy and radiation caused her to lose her hair but the singer did not lose hope.
She said, "You feel sick, but I thought it was pretty neat, I looked pretty raw. And it will come back. I've always been short-haired so it was no big deal." In the days that followed, she lost some of the most basic abilities of very human needs. She could not read, write or count anymore. After three years of struggling, she received an all-clear signal.
Soon, Fredriksson was back doing all the things she loves. In 2004, she released the solo album The Change. She regained her lost strength and by 2009, she was ready to perform on stage with Roxette. But her health did not allow her to continue it for a long time. 2016 was her last year on stage and the artist was forced to cancel the Roxette 30th anniversary tour. Having faced the difficulties of traveling and performing, she took to Facebook to inform her fans of the cancelation. She wrote, "Sadly, now my touring days are over and I want to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful fans that have followed us on our long and winding journey." She also announced the cancelation on the band website saying, "The joyride on the road is over now. But we sure had fun, didn’t we?”
Fredriksson wanted to continue her passion but her body was slowly giving up. She suffered from limited hearing and mobility. Talking about her deteriorating health, the singer's band member, Per Gessle said, "She can’t walk anymore and her right leg doesn’t work. She just decided that she can’t do it, it takes too much energy." The cancer had returned and it slowly took away her enthusiasm for creating music.
However, despite it all, she released another single in 2018, Sing Me A Song. In her autobiography, Kärleken ill livet (Listen to my heart), she wrote, "At last, it feels like I have reconciled myself to having a radiation injury to live with. That this is how it turned out. I have lost many years through the disease. And it is also a sadness to age. But every day I think I’m grateful to be sitting here. And that I can still sing." Though her body was giving up slowly and she could not be on stage again, she was glad she could still do the one thing she loved.