Katy Perry’s touching tribute to friend and mentor Angelica Cob-Baehler who died following cancer battle

Katy Perry has paid a touching tribute to a friend and mentor who helped kickstart her music career.

Angelica Cob-Baehler passed away earlier this month following a battle with cancer.

The Roar singer credits her for being instrumental in her rise to stardom, saying she had once "stolen" her files from one record label to bring them to a rival label.

Angelica played a large part in the success of Katy’s 2008 breakthrough album, One of the Boys, as well as the follow-up, Teenage Dream.

The pair remained close until her death on November 21.

Katy Perry's touching tribute to friend and mentor Angelica Cob-Baehler who died following cancer battle

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On Tuesday, the star penned a lengthy tribute to Angelica, alongside pictures of the pair together.

She described the music executive as "one of my biggest champions and realest friends", before praising her for fighting cancer "like Rocky".

Katy added: "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 s**t-taker because she practically willed me into existence as a young artist when she ‘stole my file’ from limbo at Columbia Records and brought them to life at Capitol Records."

Katy Perry's touching tribute to friend and mentor Angelica Cob-Baehler who died following cancer battle

The star penned a lengthy tribute to Angelica, alongside pictures of the pair together
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Angelica met Katy while working at Columbia Records. The artist was signed to the label and had recorded an unreleased album.

When Angelica r moved to what would ultimately be part of Capitol Records, she said she "stole all the Katy files" and brought them to her new label.

Katy said her mentor, who also played a part in the careers of John Mayer, System of a Down and 30 Seconds to Mars, was "like a big sister to me".

Katy Perry's touching tribute to friend and mentor Angelica Cob-Baehler who died following cancer battle

Angelica met Katy while working at Columbia Records
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Angelica, who left behind a husband and two daughters, was a "woman of incredible integrity and character, a massive giver, and a DOPE human being", Perry said.

She added: "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."

The popstar ended her message by urging fans to donate to Cob-Baehler’s favourite charity, Generosity.org.

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