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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh announced he is battling "advanced" lung cancer. The talk radio icon shared the shocking news on his syndicated show on Monday.

"I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn't have to tell you," the 69-year-old cigar smoker said, according to The Hill. "It's a struggle for me, because I had to inform my staff earlier today. I can't help but feel that I'm letting everybody down... The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer."

Limbaugh, who is widely viewed as one of President Donald Trump's most influential media allies, will be seeking treatment this week, but he hopes to return to work on Thursday.

Ending his broadcast, Limbaugh revealed that his 31-year run as the host of his popular radio show has brought him "greatness, satisfaction and happiness", adding, "Every day I'm not here, I'll be missing you (listeners) and thinking about you."

Limbaugh signed a contract extension with Premiere Networks last month, ahead of his diagnosis.

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Swedish pop star Marie Fredriksson, of the pop rock duo Roxette, died Monday, Dec. 9, after a long battle with cancer. She was 61.

Fredriksson's family announced the sad news on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

"Marie Fredriksson died on the morning of December 9 in the suites of her previous illness," her family wrote in a statement. They said the star "will be buried in silence with only the closest family present."

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Fredriksson previously battled a brain tumor in 2002, according to WENN.com. By 2015 she could only perform sitting in a chair onstage.

Roxette, with bandmate Per Gessle, were best known for their iconic 1986 ballad "It Must Have Been Love", which appeared on the Pretty Woman movie soundtrack.

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Roxette formed in Sweden in 1986 and released their tenth album, Good Karma, in 2016.

Following the news of Fredriksson's passing, Roxette's official Twitter account shared a statement from Gessle, which read:

"Time goes by so quickly. It's not that long ago we spent days and nights in my tiny apartment sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share! I'm honored to have met your talent and generosity. All my love goes to you and your family. Things will never be the same."

Fan tributes poured in on from around the world on social media and in comments left under their music videos on YouTube.

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The singer is survived by her husband Mikael Bolyos (pictured in June 2013) and their two children, 26-year-old daughter Inez Josefin and son Oscar, 23.
 

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