Helen Reddy, best known for her female empowerment anthem “I Am Woman,” passed away yesterday at the age of 78. No cause of death has been revealed, although her daughter said she had been dealing with “some health and memory issues” before her death. She was living in a memory care facility at the time of her death.
“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,” read a statement from her daughters, Traci and Jordan. “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.”
While Helen is best known for “I Am Woman,” which went to number one in 1972, she also topped the charts with “Delta Dawn” in 1973 and “Angie Baby” in 1974.
In addition to music she had her own short-lived variety show, “The Helen Reddy Show,” and even dabbled in acting, in movies like “Pete’s Dragon” and “Airport ’75.”