The Swedish group ABBA has shared through its social networks the loss of a member of its band, the guitarist Lasse Wellander, at the age of 70. According to a statement from his family, Wellander died after a battle with cancer.
In the ABBA note, published by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, they have remembered him as the great musician he was and also the great friend, whom they will never forget. To the condolences of the group is added that of hundreds of followers of the Swedish band who dedicate it on the official Instagram account.
Lasse Wellander, born in 1952 in Skrikarhyttan (Sweden), was known for being the unofficial fifth member of the Swedish band. He started in the world of rock bands in 1968 on ‘Peps & Blues Quality’ and ‘Nature’. Since then he has worked with a wide range of artists which led to his joining the successful Swedish band Abba. Ensemble that he started playing in 1974 as a solo guitarist and accompanied them until their return in 2021.