Singer Helen Reddy, best known for her hit “I Am Woman”, has died at the age of 78.
Reddy’s children, Traci and Jordan, confirmed the news of his death Tuesday in a public statement.
“She was a wonderful mother, a grandmother and a truly formidable woman,” says the message. “Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in knowing that his voice will live forever.”
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The Australian 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”
Three of her songs reached number 1, and she would win a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Pop Performance for the feminist anthem “I Am Woman”.
“I only have 10 seconds so I’d like to thank everyone from Sony Capitol Records, I’d like to think of Jeff Wald for making my success possible and I’d like to thank God for making it all possible,” Reddy said during his acceptance speech.
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The star previously said she stopped singing once she realized the impact the song had had.
“That was one of the reasons I stopped singing, it was when I was shown a high school textbook of modern American history, and a whole chapter on feminism and my name and my words (were) in the book, “he told the AP. “And I thought, ‘Well, now I’m part of the story. And how can I get over it? I can’t get over it.’ So, it was an easy retreat. “
Reddy passed away a few weeks after a biopic about her life was published.
Her musical career began in Australia, where she said she was considered “more of a jazz singer”, but changed her sound after winning a competition that took her to the United States.
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After her retirement, Reddy returned to Australia and earned a degree in clinical hypnotherapy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report