Singer and feminist icon, Helen Reddy has died aged 78 and the news has left everyone devastated.
Read on for all the heartbreaking details...
Helen Reddy has sadly passed away.
via: GettyThe singer was known for her iconic music that not only touched people's hearts but also changed the world for the better.
Reddy was always known as a "self-made success."
via: GettyBorn in Australia in 1941, the singer already found herself within a showbiz family.
But Reddy paved her own path.
via: GettyAfter gaining experience performing on stage, she ended up winning a talent show that offered her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to New York City.
And when she got there, she went on to audition for a recording contract.
via: GettyUnfortunately, that opportunity fell through but that didn't stop her.
She and her entire family decided to stay in the States.
via: GettyAnd that was the best decision they ever made, as they later signed with Capitol Records and started a professional career in the industry.
She produced hit after hit.
via: GettyHer first record, "I Don't Know How to Love Him," was followed by lots of others including "Crazy Love," "Delta Dawn," and "Angie Baby."
However, one particular song catapulted her to global fame.
via: Getty"I Am Woman" is said to have defined an entire era of women who were fighting for their liberation.
The anthem was first released in 1971, during a time of conflict and heartache for many groups.
via: GettyBut the Women's Liberation Movement was strong and effective in changing the perception of stereotypes during that period, bringing light to issues such as sexism and classism in the United States.
They adopted "I Am Woman" as their anthem.
via: GettyWith lyrics such as: "I am woman, hear me roar" and "I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman," this song rang throughout the world as an important reminder that change needed to happen.
And Reddy took immense pride in that song.
via: GettyAt the time, she felt like there weren't many other records that amplified female voices, nor correctly reflected the pride of being women, so she paved that path for others.
Along with her illustrious singing career, Helen Reddy also got involved in politics.
via: GettyShe made her position very clear from the start - she was fighting for women and other marginalized groups in society by opposing political figures that created a platform for hate and division in 2017.
And we can't forget about her stints on TV shows and films, can we?
via: GettyIn 1973, she hosted the Helen Reddy Show on NBC TV and later made brief appearances in films and stage musicals.
And very early on in her career, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
via: GettyThat's the kind of impact she had on the world.
So when the news of her death started circulating, fans and friends were left shocked and devastated.
Unjoo Moon, a friend, and director of Reddy's bioptic also had some kind words to say about the late singer.
via: GettyI Am Woman was released earlier this year and told the story of Reddy's life and has now become a wonderful and touching tribute.
Moon said this:
via: Getty"She paved the way for so many and the lyrics that she wrote for "I Am Woman" changed my life forever like they have done for so many other people and will continue to do for generations to come."
Actor Jamie Lee Curtis also shared a clip of Reddy singing her anthem at a Women's March as a tribute to her.
via: GettyAnd all the memories of Reddy's work came flooding back for a lot of people.
Reddy was diagnosed with dementia in 2015.
via: GettyAnd spent her final years in a care home. The cause of her death has not yet been revealed in the announcement.
Her family said this:
via: Getty"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 her voice will live on forever."
But the world has truly lost an angel.
via: GettyRIP Helen Reddy, you will be missed. Lots of other icons have also passed away this year, so let's take this time to honor them by remembering the lives they led. Keep scrolling to do so...