Lage Fosheim, the surviving member of the Norwegian pop duo known as “The Monroes,” died of cancer over the weekend at age 55. His death comes just seven months after the duo’s guitarist Eivind Rølles also died of cancer, age 54.
“The sorrow is without words,” Fosheim had told newspaper VG when Rølles died in March. The two had sprung to international fame in the 1980s with hits like “Sunday People” and “Cheerio,” and both went on to successful careers in the music business after they disbanded in the 1990s.
Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Fosheim was diagnosed with cancer during the summer. He died at his home on Saturday.
“This is very sad news to get,” Trond Myhre, a longtime friend and colleague of Fosheim, told Aftenposten. He called Fosheim a strong force in Norwegian pop music, as a singer, performer, promoter and colleague.
“No one had a voice like him,” said Jon Vidar Bergan, who wrote a Norwegian pop and rock lexicon. The duo was also early in using music videos as a promotional tool.
Social media sites were full of sympathy messages over the weekend. Fosheim was the brother of actress Minken Fosheim.