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Entertainment Helen Reddy's ex-husband Jeff Wald speaks out following her death

20:47  30 september  2020
20:47  30 september  2020 Source:   celebrity.nine.com.au

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Australian singer Helen Reddy's ex-husband Jeff Wald has spoken out in the wake of her death.

Wald, 76, who was also Reddy's former manager, addressed the sad news that his "wife of 18 years" had died at 78 years old.

https://twitter.com/JeffWald/status/1311111045532938240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"I am very sad to announce that my first wife of 18 years and the mother of my two oldest Traci & Jordan [has died]," he began in a Twitter post. "Traci spent the morning with Helen and she passed soon after under the excellent care of the Motion & Television Home. #Helen Reddy."

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Reddy married Wald in 1968 after converting to Judaism for him. They share son Jordan Sommers, now 47.

Wald worked as his wife's manager for the duration of their relationship. He was also known as a film producer and worked on The Roseanne Show, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, The Contender, Switched at Birth.

Helen Reddy et al. sitting at a beach: Musician Helen Reddy, husband Manager Jeff Wald, and son Jordan Sommers vacation in Hawaii on March 29, 1980 they pose for photographs at the Kahala Hilton Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. © Getty Musician Helen Reddy, husband Manager Jeff Wald, and son Jordan Sommers vacation in Hawaii on March 29, 1980 they pose for photographs at the Kahala Hilton Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Reddy was previously married to Kenneth Claude Weate. During their marriage, they welcomed their daughter Traci, now 57, but separated not long after her birth.

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In 1975, Reddy told People that her relationship with Wald involved "huge, healthy fights" but she still owes so much of her success to him.

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"He runs it all. Naturally, when the moment of performance comes I have to deliver — but everything else is him. It's not my career; it's our career," she said at the time.

Helen Reddy, JEFF WALD posing for a picture: Musician Helen Reddy and husband Manager Jeff Wald attend the Taping of 'Midday Live with Bill Boggs' on November 1, 1977 at WNEW-TV Studios in New York City, New York. © Getty Musician Helen Reddy and husband Manager Jeff Wald attend the Taping of 'Midday Live with Bill Boggs' on November 1, 1977 at WNEW-TV Studios in New York City, New York.

In 1981, the couple had already separated and were divorced by 1982.

Reddy then married Milton Ruth in 1983, but the pair divorced in 1995.

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