At the age of 78, Australian singer Helen Reddy, who reached number 1 worldwide with hits such as I Am Woman, died in Los Angeles.
Her family confirmed yesterday that she had died.
Since being diagnosed with dementia, she was out of the limelight for many years.
“She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and a truly formidable woman,” a family statement on her official fan Facebook page said.
“Our hearts are broken. But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.”
Founded in 1941 in Melbourne, she began her career performing with her parents as Baby Helen.
In 1965, she won Bandstand and goes straight to the United States.
She became the first Australian to receive a Grammy Award in 1973.
One of the unforgettable moments in music is the performer’s acceptance speech at the Grammys ceremony.
“I’d like to thank God because she makes everything possible,” she told the audience.
“Nobody was singing songs about women and I thought it was high time that they did,” she said.