of Swedish progressive/experimental metallers THERION
has released the following statement:
"Today the sad news reached me that Johanna Mårlöv
passed away. Johanna
was singing in the live choir for THERION
during the 'Lemuria'/'Sirius B'
era and travelled with the band and did shows in over 25 countries. She
had been struggling bravely with her cancer for a number of years, but
lost the battle in the end.
"My thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.
will be remembered as one of the happiest and most positive persons
I've ever met and it was a privilege to have met and get to know her."
Added former THERION
bassist Johan Niemann:
"Sometimes, reality hits you like a ton of bricks, and you realize that
things like money, fame, career doesn't mean shit. Today, the world
lost a truly amazing human being, so gentle and never a negative word
spoken about anyone. I'm lucky to have known her.
"Thank you for everything, Johanna Mårlöv. RIP."
British vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva
— who has toured and/or recorded with CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, MORTIIS
— wrote on her Facebook
page: "Yesterday, I lost one of my dearest, most amazing friends to a
horrible illness. We toured together, laughed together but didn't see
each other that often, simply because we live in different countries.
The last time I saw her was when she attended my wedding in 2011, she
was recovering and doing ever so well and because she was recovering, I
didn't speak to her for a while; I mean, life goes by so fast, doesn't
it? At the beginning of this year, I found out she was ill again and no
chance of recovery. I think she had time to prepare, but some of us
maybe lived in denial.
"The reason I write this is because we do
not last forever, at the blink of an eye, someone you truly love can be
gone. I write this because sometimes, hitting a 'like' button on Facebook
isn't a sign of friendship. Re-tweeting someone's news isn't effort.
Actions DO speak louder than words and although we were in close contact
the last few months, panic started to set in. I knew this was it and I
didn't want to acknowledge it. I let her know most days how much I loved
her and that I was grateful for the memories but I couldn't ever at any
stage tell her how this was killing me inside. She was the most
beautiful woman, who cared for all life, never hurt a fly, was always
there and never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was strong,
genuine, had drive and always had a smile and a cuddle for you.
write this not for sympathy, as your thoughts should be with her lovely
man and twin boys and family, I write this because as I said, life is
"Tell people, the ones closest to you that you love them
or care on a regular basis and SHOW IT!! If you have ever lost anyone
you love, and this is my first time, you will know what I am feeling. As
cliche as this is, the world lost an absolute angel yesterday.
"God natt, stora syster xxxx."
Pictured below: Johanna
performing with THERION
in her beautiful green dress.