Two pop music stars of the 70s--Helen Reddy and Mac Davis--have died

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 biopicI 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.

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Singer-songwriter Mac Davis died on September 29th at the age of 78 after suffering a heart attack in Nashville, according When starting out, the Lubbock, Texas-born Davis wrote several hits for Elvis Presley-- including the standards, "In The Ghetto," "Don't Cry Daddy," "Memories," and "A Little Less Conversation."

As a solo artist, Davis was a staple of 1970's Top 40, TV, and film -- with such major hits as the 1972 three-week chart-topper "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me," the Top Ten "Stop And Smell The Roses," and the Top 20 hits "One Hell Of A Woman," and "Rock N' Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life)." Davis was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.

As an actor, Davis will be best remembered for his NBC variety showThe Mac Davis Show, which ran from 1974 to 1976, and his co-starring role in 1979's North Dallas Forty

The singer's family released a brief statement on Tuesday, revealing he fell 'critically ill' after heart surgery, though now his manager Jim Morey confirmed his death in a statement on his Facebook page.

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