Meet Helen Reddy’s First Husband Kenneth Weate-More On His Life and Death

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Meet Helen Reddy’s First Husband Kenneth Weate-More On His Life and Death

Kenneth Weate was the ex-husband of Helen Reddy. She was an Australian-American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist popular for her singles One Way Ticket and I Believe in Music. Not to forget, Kenneth was a musician himself.

The former pair were married for five years before calling it quits for good. Moreover, the pair shared a daughter from their marriage. After their marital relationship ended, Helen went on to live her life and remarry while Weate maintained a very low-key lifestyle.

Today, we will talk about Kenneth Weate’s life story, marital relationship with his ex-wife, family, and more. Also, find out how did Kenneth die.

When Was Kenneth Weate Born In? Details Of His Family & Age

The musician Kenneth Claude Weate was born in 1928 in Australia. He held Australian nationality and came from a white caucasian ethnic background.

Apart from this, Weate’s childhood, siblings, and family details are not available at the moment. He was 42 years old at the time of his death.

Late Australian singer and actress Helen Reddy and her daughter Traci Wald
A picture of Kenneth Weate’s ex-wife Helen Reddy and their daughter Traci Wald

On the other hand, his late ex-wife Helen Maxine Reddy was born on 25th October 1941 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She was the daughter of actress, singer, and dancer Stella Campbell and actor, writer, and producer, Maxwell David Reddy.

She was 13 years younger than her first husband. Likewise, Helen held both American and Australian citizenship and had Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry.

P.S. Helen Reddy was born during World War II when her father was serving as a sergeant in the Australian Army.

Kenneth Weate Was A Musician By Profession

Although the father of one was famously known for his marriage to the Australian-American singer and actress Helen, Helen Reddy had a career of his own too.

According to various sources, Reddy was a musician and a singer back in the day. Sadly, not many of his work credits are known to the public so far.

On the other hand, his ex-wife Helen was a successful singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. She was widely popular for her hit singles like One Way Ticket, I Believe in Music, I Don’t Know How to Love Him, I Can’t Say Goodbye to You, and many more.

Moreover, her 1971 hit song I Am Woman became an anthem for second-wave feminism playing a significant role in popular culture. She also went on to be known as the ‘feminist icon’ or ‘feminist poster girl’ because of the song.

Throughout her career span of 37 years, Weate had released 16 studio albums which include Helen Reddy, Free and Easy, Ear Candy, Play Me Out, and Center Stage to name a few.

Kenneth Weate’s Wife Helen Reddy Was 13 Years Younger Than Him

As mentioned above, Kenneth Claude Weate and his ex-wife Helen had over a decade of age gap between them. They got married in 1961 when Reddy was just 20 years old.

As per reports, Weate and Reddy were family friends. So, the late singer married her first husband in order to defy her parents. From their marriage, they shared a daughter named Traci Wald Donat b. 19th Jan 1963 in Malvern, Melbourne, Australia.

However, the former husband-wife was together for five years until their divorce in 1966. However, the reason behind their separation is yet to be revealed. Their daughter Traci was later adopted by Helen’s second husband Jeff Wald.

Did Kenneth Claude Weate Remarry? Details on Her Death

After getting a divorce from his then-wife Helen, Weate lived a low-key lifestyle away from the spotlight. Similarly, no news of his second marriage or affairs hit the internet.

Australian musician Kenneth Weate
Musician Kenneth Weate passed away at the age of 42 in 1970

On top of that, Weate passed away at just 42 on 11th April 1970 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. However, the details on the cause of his death are still missing.

He is buried in Fawkner Memorial Parl located in Fawkner, Moreland City.

Kenneth Weate’s Ex-Wife Re-Married Shortly After Their Divorce

Two years after divorcing Kenneth, the singer-actress went on to marry her second husband Jeff Wald. Helen converted to Judaism and married Jeff on 25th May 1968. Reddy and Wald welcomed their only child, Jordan Sommers on 12th December 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Moreover, Wald worked as his wife’s manager during their marriage until their divorce. The singer separated from her second husband after 13 years due to his addiction problem. Their divorce was finalized on 3rd January 1983.

Late Australian-American singer and actress Helen Reddy and her second-husband Jeff Wald
Helen Reddy and Jeff Wald were together for 13 years

Nonetheless, their relationship was also captured in Helen’s biopic I Am Woman which was released in 2019. In addition, Helen married her third husband, Milton Ruth in a private wedding ceremony in June 1983. As a matter of fact, her third hubby Ruth was Helen’s drummer and met through their work.

Sadly, Reddy’s third marriage also went in vain after the singer and Milton split in 1995.

Kenneth Weate’s Ex-Wife Helen Passed Away In 2020

Grammy Award-winning singer Helen Reddy passed away at the age of 78 on 29th September 2020. She died at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital where the late singer was admitted for a while.

Likewise, according to various medical reports, Helen was suffering from dementia since 2015 and Addison’s disease for a few decades. She also had removed a kidney at the age of 17.

Late Australian-American singer, actress, tv host, and activist Helen Reddy
Australian star Helen Reddy passed away at the age of 78 in 2020

Sadly, the exact reason for her death is not publicized yet. Her death was announced by her two children, Traci and Jordon via Facebook. Her son released a joint statement writing, “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29, 2020, in Los Angeles.”

Likewise, her second husband Jeff even announced his ex-wife’s death via Twitter writing,

“I am very sad to announce that my first wife of 18 years and the mother of my two oldest Traci and Jordan has died. Traci spent the morning with Helen and she passed soon after under the excellent care of the Motion and Television Home,”