Helen Reddy, the Australian singer best known for her 1972 hit “I Am Woman,” died at age of 78 on Tuesday.
Her family announced in a statement on her official Facebook fan page that Reddy died on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Children said about their relationship with her mother, “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, was also posted on Instagram. “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,”
Helen Maxine Reddy was born in Melbourne, Victoria, to a show-business family, Reddy started her career as an entertainer at age four. She sang on radio and television, and won a talent contest on a television program, Bandstand, in 1966; her prize was a ticket to New York City and an unsuccessful record audition.
She pursued her international singing career by moving to Chicago and, subsequently, Los Angeles, where she made her debut singles “One Way Ticket” and “I Believe in Music” in 1968 and 1970, respectively. The B-side of the latter single, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” reached No. 8 in Canadian pop chart RPM and she was signed to Capitol Records a year later.
Three of her songs came to No. 1, and she’d proceed to win a Grammy Award for best female vocal pop performance for the feminist anthem “I Am Woman.” “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 award-winning