Legend Lost: Renowned guitarist dies, family shares emotional tribute

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Lasse Wellander, ABBA’s long-time guitarist, died after a brief fight with cancer.

The 70-year-old musical great starred in some of the band’s best hits and was a huge part of their success in the 1970s and 1980s.

The guitarist, who appeared on 24 ABBA recordings, died on Good Friday.

Today, Lasse’s family broke the devastating news.

They wrote in an emotional statement on Facebook: “It is with indescribable sadness that we have to announce that our beloved Lasse has fallen asleep.

“Lasse recently fell ill with what turned out to be cancer that had spread, and early on Good Friday he passed away surrounded by his loved ones.”

It concluded: “We love and miss you so much.”

Lasse began playing the guitar as a child in Nora, Sweden.

He began recording with ABBA in October 1974, alongside Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

They went on to have successes such as Intermezzo No.1 and Crazy World.

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