Swedish writer Marianne Fredriksson has died at age 79, reported Swedish broadcaster SR.
The former journalist, who died late on Sunday, achieved international best-seller status with her novels in the 1980s and 1990s. Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, she would have celebrated her 80th birthday next month.
Fredriksson's 11 novels from 1980 to 2003, all translated in English and German, often told stories of women.
Her first novel was "The Book of Eve" in 1980. Later works included 1994's "Hanna's Daughters", and two 1999 novels, "According To Mary Magdalene" and "Inge and Mira".
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt called her a "beloved author" with an international readership.