Katy Perry Speaks At Funeral Of 1 Of Her ‘Biggest Champions And Realest Friends’

Katy Perry is mourning the loss of a longtime friend.

The “Roar” singer spoke at a funeral for music executive Angelica Cob-Baehler on Saturday. Perry delivered an emotional speech, according to The Blast. Angelica’s nickname “Geli” was written in the sky and punctuated with a heart.

The 34-year-old “Firework” singer took to Instagram on Tuesday, Nov. 27 to share memories from “one of my biggest champions and realest friends.”

Angelica had passed away six days prior after a lengthy battle with cancer.

“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,” Perry captioned a series of photos and a video with her late friend. “I watched her go through many stages for over a year, but a few things remained constant: her sarcastic/wicked sense of humour, her positive outlook, and the incredible love she had for her family.”

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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. I watched her go through many stages for over a year, but a few things remained constant: her sarcastic/wicked sense of humor, her positive outlook, and the incredible love she had for her family. 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. I have procrastinated posting this because it makes it feel a little too final, but I don’t believe people ever really die – she just had to leave that body behind. Out of body, and full of spirit now. Sadly, she also left behind two amazing young girls, and an incredible husband who was the definition of ROCK through this whole process. As for me, I’ll never let them forget that Angelica embodied the angel in her name, was a woman of incredible integrity and character, a massive giver, and a DOPE human being. I know today is #GivingTuesday, and if you have been a longtime KatyCat and a friend of mine or Geli’s, let’s honor her by donating to her favorite charity, Generosity.org by clicking the link in bio. She may be gone from this place, but she will never be forgotten. Rest in power, my angel, and don’t worry, we got Chapman and the girls. #RIPGeli

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Perry credited Angelica with helping to kickstart her career, saying she “‘stole my files’ from limbo at Columbia Records and brought them to life at Capitol Records.”

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Photo: Mega Agency

“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,” Perry continued. “I have procrastinated posting this because it makes it feel a little too final, but I don’t believe people ever really die — she just had to leave that body behind. Out of the body, and full of spirit now. Sadly, she also left behind two amazing young girls, and an incredible husband who was the definition of ROCK through this whole process.”

She then asked her followers to donate for Giving Tuesday to Angelica’s favourite charity, Generosity.org.

“She may be gone from this place, but she will never be forgotten,” Perry said. “Rest in power, my angel, and don’t worry, we got Chapman and the girls. #RIPGeli.”

For more from Perry, watch the clip below:

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