Helen Reddy, a singer, actress, and activist most famous for her 1972 song “I Am Woman” has passed away at the age of 78.
″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,” he children Traci Donat and Jordan Sommers wrote on her Facebook page.
“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,” the statement continued.
Reddy was born in Melbourne, Australia and began her entertainment career at the age of four. Early in her life, she made the move across the ocean living in New York City and Chicago, before settling in Los Angeles where her career got going.
The 1970s proved to be a successful period in Reddy’s career as she scored 15 singles in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Six of those singles made the top 10 with her songs “I Am Woman,” “Angie Baby,” and “Delta Dawn” landing at the number one spot.
Reddy announced her retirement from performing in 2002 and proceeded to move back to Australia to spend more time with her family. Following her retirement, she earned a degree in clinical hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming.
In 2012, she made a brief return to the stage performing at benefit concerts and other locations. In 2015, she was diagnosed with dementia and moved into a facility where she was cared for by family and friends.
In 2019, the biographical film I Am Woman was released telling the story of Reddy’s life including her arrival to the United States and her ascent to stardom. Actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey played Reddy in the film.