Australian-born Helen Reddy, best known singer for her feminist anthem I Am Woman, died at the age of 78, her family said.
She died in hospital on Tuesday, according to a statement from the singer’s daughters.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved mother,” said Traci and Jordan.
“She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and a really impressive woman. Our hearts are broken. But we comfort ourselves with the knowledge that her voice will live on forever. “
Reddy had a successful career. She moved to the USA and found success in 1971 with the song I Don’t Know How to Love Him from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
Her other hits include “Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady”, “Delta Dawn”, “Angie Baby” and “You and Me Against the World”. However, she was most famous for I Am Woman, which became a feminist anthem and earned her Best Female Vocal Pop Performance Grammy in 1973.
I Am Woman was also the name of the biopic about Reddy’s life published in Australia last month.
The film’s director, Unjoo Moon, paid tribute to Twitter. She said, “Thank you Helen for teaching me to be strong and invincible as an artist, woman and mother. You have paved the way for so many.
“The lyrics you wrote for #Iamwoman have changed my life as they have for so many people and will for generations to come.”
In her homage, actress Jamie Lee Curtis said the introduction of Reddy to the 2017 Los Angeles Women’s March was the “honor of my life”.
A message posted on the official Twitter account of R&B group The Pointer Sisters in the 1970s said, “We’re so sad to hear #HelenReddy has passed away. Our first television appearance was on their show. #RIPHelenReddy condolences to her family, friends and fans. “