Helen Reddy (25 October 1941) was best known for her 70’s feminist anthem “I Am Woman”, who passed away at 78. Reddy’s children Traci and Jordan confirmed the news of her death Tuesday in a public statement.
Reddy died just weeks after a biopic about her life was released.
Her music career began in Australia where she said she was considered “more of a jazz singer”, but she altered her sound after winning a contest that brought her to the United States.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the presenter is worth a whopping $10million or £7.7million.
Best Known For
The Australia-born musician was also known for her songs “Ain’t No Way To Treat a Lady”, “Delta Dawn”, “Angie Baby”, “You and Me Against the World” and her cover of “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.
Reddy was inspired to retire after “I Am Woman” became her biggest hit in 1974.
“I only have 10 seconds so I would like to thank everyone from Sony Capitol Records, I would like to think Jeff Wald because he makes my success possible and I would like to thank God because she makes everything possible,” said Reddy during her acceptance speech.
Reddy gave up on show business in 2002. She started a new life in her homeland of Australia and earned a degree in clinical hypnotherapy. However, she made a return to the musical stage in 2012, singing both at a club in San Diego and at a high school benefit in Los Angeles, the AP reports.
Reddy was diagnosed with dementia in 2015, according to Entertainment Tonight. She had been living in a nursing home for professional entertainers in Los Angeles.
Helen Reddy’s Death News
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29th, 2020 in Los Angeles”, read the statement from Reddy’s children, Traci and Jordan. “She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, and a truly formidable woman. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.”
Reddy’s ex-husband, Jeff Wald, also posted a statement about her on Instagram.
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It is with great sadness that I must announce that my first wife of 18 years and the mother of my two eldest children, Helen Reddy, passed suddenly and peacefully at the Motion Picture and Television Home today. It took a while but we managed to become friends again after the divorce. We had many ups and downs, but more ups than downs. Life is precious and short, tell the people you love how you feel and don’t hold grudges.
“It took a while but we managed to become friends again after the divorce,” Wald’s post continued. “We had many ups and downs, but more ups than downs. Life is precious and short, tell the people you love how you feel and don’t hold grudges”, he wrote in the post.