Angelica Cob-Baehler, affectionately known as “Geli,” was a music executive who contributed to the production of Katy Perry’s 2008 album One of the Boys. She lost her life earlier this week after a courageous cancer battle. Now Katy Perry is mourning the loss of her dear friend who she says launched her career and never gave up on her. According to People, Perry gave a touching tribute to Cob-Baehler on Instagram, honoring her for her strength through unimaginable trials and persistent positive outlook.
Perry’s relationship with Cob-Baehler dates back to 2004. Perry was only just starting out in the music industry and had recently signed a deal with Sony’s Columbia Records. To the singer’s disappointment, the deal didn’t work out as she’d hoped. It was then that Cob-Baehler entered her life and convinced her not to give up on her talent. Upon Cob-Baehler’s persuasion, Perry ended up signing a deal with Capitol Records which would be the first step in Perry’s launch into stardom. The singer said that it was Cob-Baehler who ensured that her breakthrough hit “I Kissed a Girl” reached the incredible success that would bring Perry into the public eye.
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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
Besides helping her reach success in the music industry, Cob-Baehler would also become like a sister to Perry. Whenever the singer was down, Cob-Baehler was there to pick her back up and keep her moving forward. Even when the music executive was suffering through countless chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she never lost her sense of humor. It was that same positive attitude that Perry recognized in her post honoring her friend. “We had a lot of wins together for over 10 years, and I am incredibly grateful she was a born fighter/no s*** 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,” Perry said.
Perry said she was hesitant to write the post discussing Cob-Baehler’s death because it seemed that doing so would make it a reality. However, the singer says that she believes that even though her friend is physically gone from this Earth, she believes that her spirit will live on forever. She encouraged fans to donate to Cob-Baehler’s favorite charity, Generosity.org, in her honor. Perry hopes that others will find inspiration in her friend’s unwavering strength and positive attitude.