Helen Reddy, Nora in Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” and Singer of “Candle on the Water” Dies at 78

Helen Reddy, Australian singer, actress, and activist, has died at the age of 78. For many, she’s known for her hit song “I Am Woman”, but for old-school Disney fans, she played Nora in the 1977 film Pete’s Dragon, singing the Academy Award-nominated “Candle on the Water” love song.

Reddy was diagnosed with dementia in 2015 and had been living in an LA nursing home for retired entertainers.

A statement from Reddy’s children, Traci and Jordan, was posted to her official fan page:

“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 also made a guest appearance on The Muppet Show.