Canadian singer Helen Reddy died at the age of 78 on September 29th. Reddy will forever be remembered for her string of 15 Top 40 hits — including her signature 1972 chart-topper, "I Am Woman," and her subsequent Number Ones — "Delta Dawn" from 1973 and 1974's "Angie Baby."
Helen Reddy was the first Australian to win a Grammy and to host her own weekly variety show on American TV. No cause of death was given, but Reddy was diagnosed with dementia in 2017.
Reddy officially retired from showbiz in 2002 — although she briefly returned to performing between 2012 and 2015.
Last month saw the release of the critically acclaimed biopic I Am Woman, starring Unjoo Moon.
An official statement was released by Reddy's children Traci and Jordan:
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. 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.
Helen Reddy told us that she first became aware of her spiritual side during an out-of-body experience when she was 11 years old: ["I had fainted, but I was at the back of the room looking down. We were all dressed in identical uniforms, I was at school. And I saw that there was this body lying on the floor and I thought 'Oh my goodness, one of the girls must have fainted, I wonder who it is?' And I zoomed in for a close-up — which seemed perfectly natural at the time — and I was looking at myself."] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . looking at myself)
Helen Reddy On Childhood Out Of Body Experience :