Get to know Helen Reddy’s first husband, Kenneth Weate, more about his life and death


Kenneth Weaat was the ex-husband of Helena Little Red. She was an Australian-American singer, songwriter, actress and activist who was popular for her singles One way and I believe in music. Not to forget, Kenneth was a musician himself.

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

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


When was Kenneth Weate born? Details of his family and age

The musician Kenneth Claude Weate was born in 1928 in Australia. He was an Australian national and was of white ethnic background.

Aside from this, Weate’s childhood, siblings, and family records are currently unavailable. He was 42 years old at the time of his death.

Late Australian singer and actress Helen Reddy and her daughter Traci Wald
A photo 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 October 25, 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.

PS Helen Reddy was born during World War II when her father served as a sergeant in the Australian Army.

Kenneth Weate was a musician by profession

While the father of one of them was known for marrying Australian-American singer and actress Helen, Helen Reddy also had a career of her own.

According to various sources, Reddy used to be a musician and singer. Unfortunately, not many of his working credits are known to the public until now.

On the other hand, his ex-wife Helen was a successful singer, songwriter, actress and activist. She was very popular for her hit singles like One way, I believe in music, I don’t know how to love him, I can’t say goodbye to youand much more.

Plus her 1971 hit I am a woman became an anthem for second-wave feminism and played an important role in popular culture. She also became known as the ‘feminist icon’ or ‘feminist poster girl’ because of the song.

Throughout her 37-year career, Weate had released 16 studio albums, including Helen Reddy, Free and Easy, Ear Candy, Play Me Out, and Middle stage to name a few.

Kenneth Weate’s wife, Helen Reddy, was 13 years his junior

As mentioned above, Kenneth Claude Weate and his ex-wife Helen had an age difference of more than ten years between them. They married in 1961 when Reddy was only 20 years old.

According to reports, Weate and Reddy were family friends. So the late singer married her first husband to defy her parents. From their marriage, they shared a daughter named Traci Wald Donat b. January 19, 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 divorce is yet to be revealed. Their daughter Traci was later adopted by Helen’s second husband Jeff Wald.

Has Kenneth Claude Weate remarried? Details about her death

After divorcing his then-wife Helen, Weate lived a low-key lifestyle away from the spotlight. Likewise, no news of his second marriage or affairs made it to the internet.

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

Moreover, Weate passed away at just 42 years old on April 11, 1970 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. However, details about the cause of his death are still lacking.

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

Kenneth Weate’s ex-wife remarried shortly after their divorce

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

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

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

Nevertheless, their relationship was also captured in Helen’s biopic I am a woman which was released in 2019. Moreover, Helen married her third husband, Milton Ruth in a private wedding ceremony in June 1983. In fact, her third husband Ruth was Helen’s drummer and they met through their work.

Unfortunately, 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 on September 29, 2020 at the age of 78. 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 had been suffering from dementia since 2015 and from Addison’s disease for several decades. She also had a kidney removed at age 17.

The late Australian-American singer, actress, television presenter and activist Helen Reddy
Australian star Helen Reddy passed away in 2020 at the age of 78

Unfortunately, the exact reason for her death has not yet been revealed. Her death was announced by her two children, Traci and Jordan via Facebook. Her son released a joint statement in which he wrote: “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 writing through twitter,

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