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Monday, 16 September, 2002, 13:36 GMT 14:36 UK
Roxette star has brain tumour
Roxette
Roxette first hit the UK singles charts in 1989
Marie Fredriksson, singer with Swedish pop act Roxette, has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The 44-year-old, who fainted in her Stockholm home last week, is now in hospital.

Her record label EMI Sweden said medical tests showed the singer had a small tumour in the back of her head but that more tests were needed to determine proper treatment.

Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Fredriksson duetted with Abba's Anni-Frid Lyngstad in 1999
Roxette, a duo composed of Ms Fredriksson and guitarist and singer Per Gessle, were due to launch a new single, A Thing About You, in three weeks' time.

They also had plans for a European tour, due to start in late October.

The duo are one of the most successful musical exports Sweden has produced - and the most successful ever in the US singles charts.

Their first UK hit, The Look, hit number seven in the UK singles charts in 1989.

Since then they have had four more top 10 hits in the UK, including It Must Have Been Love, Joyride and Almost Unreal.

Frederiksson had also enjoyed success under her own name, hitting the Swedish charts in 1999 with a duet, Wonderful World, with Abba's Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

In November the duo joined US singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and Swedish royal dignitaries at the party for Lopez's European tour.

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