Singer Helen Reddy, best known for her 1972 hit “I’m a Woman,” died Tuesday, her children said in a statement on their official Facebook fan page. She was 78 years old.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29, 2020 in Los Angeles,” said a statement from the children of Reddy, Tracy and Jordan. “She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and a truly fearsome woman. Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live forever.”
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Reddy’s ex-husband, Jeff Wald, also posted a statement about her on Instagram. “It is with great sadness that I announce that my first wife of 18 years and the mother of my two eldest children, Helen Reddy, passed suddenly and calmly today at the cinema and television station,” Wald wrote in a caption on a series of photos.
“It took a while, but we managed to become friends again after the divorce,” Wald’s post continued. “We’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but more ups and downs. Life is precious and short, tell the people you love how you feel and don’t worry.”
Reddy was diagnosed with dementia in 2015, according to Entertainment Tonight. She lived in a nursing home for professional artists in Los Angeles.
Reddy was the first Australian toShe won the award for best female pop vocal performance for “I’m a Woman” and later wrote a resume of the same name, according to the Associated Press.
The singer began singing as a young girl, as part of a famous family of show business in Melbourne,Her cover of “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” became a hit in 1971. Over the next decade, she produced 15 top 40 hits, three of which reached number 1, the AP reported.
She has also performed on Broadway and London’s West End.
Reddy was inspired to retire after “I’m a Woman” became her biggest hit in 1974. “That was one of the reasons I stopped singing when they showed me a modern American high school history textbook and a whole chapter. about feminism – and my name and my lyrics (were) in the book, “she recalls.” And I thought, ‘Well, I’m part of the story now. And how do I do it? I can’t do it.’ easy download. “
Reddy gave up show business in 2002 and began a new life in his native Australia, earning a degree in clinical hypnotherapy. However, she returned to the music scene in 2012, singing both at a club in San Diego and at a benefit at a high school in Los Angeles, reports AP.