Katy Perry spent her Saturday saying goodbye to a close friend and the woman credited with helping make her into the star she is today.
The “Roar” singer attended the funeral of music exec Angelica Cob-Baehler, who passed away on November 21 after a bout with cancer.
Perry spoke at the funeral, which took place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and was joined by her sister, Angela.
Angelica’s husband, photographer Chapman Baehler, thanked Katy for all she did over the years to help Angelica, financially and otherwise.
Jeff Kwatinetz — who worked with Angelica (Geli, to her friends) on the Big3 basketball league — spoke as well, mixing inspiration and a bunch of touching Angelica anecdotes.
After Cob-Baehler’s passing, Perry shared her thoughts on how much she meant to her.
“Six days ago, one of my biggest champions and realest friends, Angelica Cob-Baehler moved on from this place. She was one of the strongest women I have ever known – fighting her cancer like friggin’ Rocky, enduring chemo, immunotherapy, a tracheotomy, feeding tubes for months on end, and experimental cancer treatment trials.”
She continued, “We had a lot of wins together for over 10 years, and I am incredibly grateful she was a born fighter/no shit-taker because she practically willed me into existence as a young artist when she ‘stole my files’ from limbo at Columbia Records and brought them to life at Capitol Records. She was like a big sister to me, showing me the ropes and always having my back. She never became a yes-person and was quick to check me when I needed checking – that was family.”
Katy Perry ended her tribute by describing Cob-Baeher as “a woman of incredible integrity and character, a massive giver, and a DOPE human being.”