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Helen Reddy, ‘I am a Woman’ Australian Singer Dies at 78

Singer Helen Reddy, popularly known for her feminist anthem “I Am Woman,” died on Tuesday.

Helen Reddy, 'I am a Woman' Australian Singer Dies at 78

Reddy’s children, Traci Donart and Jordan Sommers made this known through a Facebook post. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy,” they wrote.

Helen Reddy was described as a wonderful mother and grandmother by her children. But of course, with the assurance that “her voice will live on forever.”

Helen Reddy was an iconic singer, and her songs spoke of her. In 1971, she started a string of 15 Top-40 hits. Her featured songs included “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “You and Me Against the World,” among others.

She became the first Australian to win a Grammy Award. She won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her famous song “I Am Woman” in 1973.

“I am woman, hear me roar”, “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman” are notable lines from her hit song. Helen stated that she wrote the song when she became fed up with the sexism she encountered as a singer.

Jeff Wald, who was Reddy’s ex-husband and manager, posted a statement on Instagram about her death. “It is with great sadness that I must announce that my first wife and the mother of my two eldest children, Helen Reddy, passed suddenly and peacefully at the Motion Picture and Television Home today.”

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