Roxette Drummer Pelle Alsing Dead at 60
Published Dec 21, 2020Pelle Alsing, the drummer of Swedish pop group Roxette, has died. The band's touring member and recording regular was 60 years old. A cause of death has yet to be announced.
News of his passing was confirmed by Roxette guitarist and singer Per Gessle via social media yesterday (December 20). He wrote:
It is with indescribable sadness I have to inform you that our beloved Pelle Alsing has passed away. It's almost impossible to grasp. Pelle was not only an amazing and inventive drummer, helping us to create the Roxette sound since Day One, he was also the best friend you can imagine, a kind and generous human being with the biggest heart beating for everyone. He was always the funniest to be around, the one with the biggest smile on his face, the one who supported you the most when you were in doubt. He will be truly missed so much more than words can say. All my love goes out to his wife, family and friends.
Alsing played with the group from the 1980s through the 2010s, recording on numerous albums and some of their better-known hits, including "Listen to Your Heart," "It Must Have Been Love," and "The Look."
Alsing's passing comes a year after the death of fellow Roxette member Marie Fredriksson. In addition to their collaboration within the group, the pair had also worked together on Fredriksson's 2002 solo album Karlekens Guld.