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Friday, 4 October, 2002, 14:03 GMT 15:03 UK
Roxette star's surgery 'a success'
Roxette
Roxette first hit the UK singles charts in 1989
The lead singer of Swedish band Roxette, Marie Fredriksson, is recovering in hospital after having successful surgery to remove a brain tumour, according to reports.

Swedish daily newspaper Expressen said the operation was successfully carried out at the Karolinska Hospital in Sweden on Monday.


She is looking forward to a full recovery as quickly as possible

Roxette manager Marie Dimberg

"She feels marvellously well" and wishes to spend the weekend at home, one of her friends told the paper.

"The surgery took almost four hours and the medical team was able to remove the entire tumour," Roxette manager Marie Dimberg was quoted as saying.

The 44-year-old singer's husband Micke and two children Josefin, 9, and Oscar, 5, joined her on Tuesday in her private room.

Fredriksson's musical partner in Roxette, Per Gessle, said: "Marie is a fighter. She will be back on her feet again."

Fall

Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumour in September four days after she fainted and struck her head on a sink at her home in Stockholm.

She suffered concussion in the fall, and when she was taken to hospital the tumour was discovered.

Doctors are said to be examining the tumour, which was in the back of the singer's head, before deciding on any future treatment.

Fans have sent letters and emails of support to the singer.

"Marie will spend the remainder of the year at home and she is looking forward to a full recovery as quickly as possible," said Ms Dimberg.

Successful career

The group called off a 30-date European tour originally planned to begin this month to support the release of a greatest-hits album The Ballad Hits.

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

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

Since then they have had four more top 10 UK hits 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.

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