Lasse Wellander, guitarist for Swedish pop icons ABBA, dies at 70

Lasse Wellander performs with ABBA at Wembley Arena in London on November 5, 1979
(Image credit: Gus Stewart/Redferns)

Lasse Wellander, stage and studio guitarist for legendary Swedish pop combo ABBA, has died at the age of 70, the group confirmed.

Wellander passed away last Friday (April 7), after a short battle with cancer. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.