Where Is Milton Ruth Now? Facts About Helen Reddy’s Ex-Husband

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Milton Ruth is a professional drummer who is primarily known as the ex-husband of American singer and songwriter Helen Reddy. As per the reports, he was a drummer in her band and also was a part of her album Feeling So Young, both as a drummer & producer.

Things eventually turned romantic between the two, eventually leading to their marriage. In fact, Milton only gained recognization in the media after his marriage to the singer. Unfortunately, the couple divorced just a few years before the death of Reddy.

Well, how is the life of Milton Ruth at present? In this article, we will talk in detail about his career, marriage, children, & other interesting facts.

Milton Ruth Is The Third Husband Of Helen Reddy

As we stated, Milton is mostly known for his marriage with the late Australian-American singer Helen. He was married as her third husband of the  Center Stage singer. They reportedly married in June of 1983, in a private wedding ceremony.

Milton Ruth With His Ex-Wife Helen Reddy
Milton Ruth With His Ex-Wife Helen Reddy

But how did Milton and his ex-wife Helen meet? Well, the couple met and became close to one another after Ruth started working as a drummer in her band. Their friendship soon turned into a romance by 1983, instantly leading into their marriage.

However, almost after being in a marital relationship for 12 years, the couple called it quits. They soon filed for a divorce which was finalized in 1995. The former couple, unfortunately, never revealed the reason behind their split.

Milton’s Ex-Wife Was Married Twice Before

Prior to marrying Milton, his ex-spouse Helen had been in two different marital relationships. Her first marriage was with Kenneth Claude Weate, whom she married at 20. Her first husband was a musician and a much older man. Well, her first marriage soon ended in a divorce. They divorced in 1966, a few years after the birth of their child Traci.

Helen In The 80s With Her Second Husband Jeff Wald
Helen In The 80s With Her Second Husband Jeff Wald

Later in 1968, she married for the second time to Jeff Wald. From her marital relationship with her second hubby, she also has a son named Jordan. After being together for over 13 years, they separated on 2 January 1981. They later filed for a divorce which was finalized in January 1983.

Milton Ruth Is Step-Father To Helen’s Two Kids

Well, Milton did not have any kids with the late singer. But he was the step-father to two children of Reddy, Traci Wald Donat & Jordan Sommers.

Despite not being their biological father, he shared a great relationship with them. The first kid, Traci was born on January 19, 1963, from Helen’s relationship with her first spouse Kenneth. Likewise, the second child Jordan was born on December 12, 1972, in Los Angeles, CA, from her relationship with Jeff.

Milton Ruth's Step-Son Jordan Sommers
Milton Ruth’s Step-Son Jordan Sommers

Both his step-kids are grown-ups and are doing pretty well in their life.

Milton Ruth Is A Professional Drummer

Like we stated earlier, Milton is a successful drummer. He previously worked with his wife Helen in her band, where he performed as a drummer.

Later, after they tied the knot, Ruth even performed as a drummer and was the producer of Reddy’s album named Feeling So Young. As of now, he seems to have quit his career as a drummer.

He Is Already a Grandfather

Though Milton never had the fortune to become a father of his own biological child, he is fortunate enough to be a grandfather to his step-daughter’s kid.

Well, he has a granddaughter named Lily Donat, who was born from Traci’s marriage with Lucas Donat. Well, Lily is also an actress like her grandmother Helen and has appeared in movies like I Am Woman and Easy 4U2 Say, and a few others.

Moreover, Ruth apparently shares a great relationship with his granddaughter.

Milton Ruth’s Ex-Spouse Helen’s Death

Well, Ruth’s ex-partner Helen is no more in this world. She died on 29 September 2020, in Los Angeles. At the time of her death, she was 78 years of age. As per the reports, she suffered from Addison’s disease and even had her kidney removed when she was 17. Moreover, since 2015, she had even been a patient of dementia.

Upon her death, her daughter shared a heartfelt message announcing her death. The Facebook post reads as follows,

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother. 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.

How Much Is Milton Ruth’s Net Worth?

He has had a successful career as a drummer. Thus, it is pretty obvious that he earned a big chunk of money from his professional career. But when it comes to his exact wealth, the details are unknown. But there are estimates that he has a net worth of around $1 million.

On the other hand, his ex-wife had around $3 million at the time of her death.

Where Is Milton Ruth Now?

Since her divorce from his late-singer wife, he has avoided his presence in the media. In fact, he has not made a single media appearance since the split. Not only this, but he is also absent from social media which makes it even difficult to trace his presence. That said, we hope, he is living a peaceful life at present.

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