Swedish musician Rutger Gunnarsson, known for his bass playing on ABBA records and tours, has died at the age of 69, Universal records announced Friday.
He died at his home in Stockholm, but the cause and date of his death were not revealed.
"Rutger was most known for his long and close collaboration with Björn
Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and ABBA, having worked on all their albums,
singles, tours, films and musicals," Universal said in a statement.
Bass fans are particularly fond of his contributions to hits like
"Dancing Queen", "Knowing Me Knowing You" and "Money, Money, Money".
The four members of ABBA, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 69, Agnetha Fältskog, 65,
Ulvaeus, 70, Andersson, 68, have not played music together since 1986.
Musician Rutger Gunnarsson, best known as ABBA's bassist, has died.
He was 69 years old.
Rutger Gunnarsson , 69, has had a lengthy career and has also made music with Sheeba , Magnus Uggla and Ted Gärdestad .
He is best known, however, as ABBA 's bassist and he participated in all the albums.
to a press release from Universal Music has Rutger Gunnarsson died
suddenly at his home in Stockholm. The cause of death is not clear.
Rutger Gunnarsson has also appeared in several musicals such as "Chess," "Rhapsody in Rock" and "Mamma Mia!".
addition, he arranged strings and winds to artists like Westlife ,
Celine Dion and Elton John as well as the feature film "Spiderman 2".
Rutger Gunnarsson mourned the closest of his three children Richard, Minnie and Joanna.
"He was a very creative musician. We sat and played in the studio,
trying to find how the songs would be. Rutger always very creative. What
he does is amazing. He was of course a legend in the world because of
many of these recordings" Björn Ulvaeus says to Swedish Radio.