Helen Reddy, the Australian singer behind the feminist anthem I Am Woman, has died at the age of 78.
Reddy died on Tuesday in Los Angeles, her family said in a Facebook statement.
Her children Traci Donat and Jordan Sommers described her as a “wonderful mother, grandmother and a truly formidable woman”.
“Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that his voice will live forever.”
Reddy had a string of pop and rock hits in the 1970s, but is best known for the 1972 anthem I Am Woman, a rousing tune that became prominent in the women’s liberation movement.
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A dormant success, it has sold millions of copies worldwide, making Reddy the best-selling female artist globally for two consecutive years.
In collecting her 1973 Grammy Award for Best Female Singer, Reddy thanked “God she makes it all possible.”
Born in Melbourne in 1941, Reddy was raised in an show business family with acting parents and performed regularly as a child.
After winning a talent contest in Australia, her prize ticket took her to New York City in the 1960s, where she auditioned for a record deal.
That opportunity fell but Reddy decided to stay in the United States, later signing with Capitol Records.
Her first hit, I Don’t Know How to Love Him, was followed by a number of others including Crazy Love, Delta Dawn and Angie Baby.
But it was her second hit, I Am Woman, that catapulted her to international fame and became a defining song for a generation of women.
Reddy said he wrote the lyrics – with lines like “I’m a woman, hear me roar” and “I’m strong, I’m invincible, I’m a woman” – after struggling to find other songs that reflected her pride in being a woman.
In between international tours, he also hosted a season of the Helen Reddy Show on NBC TV in a prime time slot in 1973.
A year later she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Diagnosed with dementia in 2015, he spent the last few years of his life in a celebrity nursing home in Los Angeles.
A biopic, titled I Am Woman, was released in Australia earlier this year.