Music industry veteran Polly Anthony, who served in executive roles at such record labels as Epic and Geffen, has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, according to All Access.

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Anthony is remembered as a passionate, artist-friendly music executive who championed and developed such global hit acts as Pearl Jam, Oasis, Korn, Rage Against the Machine and Celine Dion.

"I'm most proud of the diversity of artists with whom I've had the pleasure of working," Anthony said when she was named to Billboard's inaugural Women in Music list in 2005. "But as important to me as the artists I've championed over the years is building a great team, which has always been one of the greatest challenges—but one that has yielded many of the greatest rewards."

She also guided the success of the Titanic and Chicago soundtracks. 

Anthony began her music business career as an assistant in promotions at Epic Records CBS in Los Angeles, according to HITS Daily Double. She worked her way up to senior VP of promotion, reports All Access; from there, to president of Epic Label Group in 1997, making her one of the first women to add "label president" to her resume. After that, she became president of DreamWorks Records at Universal and Sony's 550 Records, eventually joining Geffen in 2004 as co-president with Jordan Schur. There, Anthony worked with artists like Jimmy Iovine and Snoop Dogg, whose single "Drop It Like It's Hot" she guided to his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She subsequently moved to head of television and film for Universal Music Group.

Read Billboard.biz's updated and in-depth Polly Anthony obituary here.

"Polly was a force of nature, a mentor to many women in the business and my best friend," says Michele Anthony, EVP at Universal Music Group. Adds Irving Azoff, "Polly combined old-school passion with new-world charm and intelligence. She had this rare combo in our business. She was everything good about what it was to grow up in the music business." 

Following her passing, songwriter Diane Warren wrote the following message about Anthony on her Facebook page.

"My dear friend and sister by choice, Polly Anthony has passed away. I am heartbroken for her family and those of us lucky enough to know this amazing badass loyal protective and fierce woman warrior who I was lucky to have in my life all these years. There will b a hole forever in it now. I love U. RIP dear Polly."

Sharon Osbourne also noted the loss of the well-respected exec. "So sad to hear about the passing of Polly Anthony. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Much love and respect," Osbourne tweeted.

In recent years, Anthony working on various TV and movie projects, including the HBO series Off the Record and CBS' Cane. "Anthony had kept such a low profile during her illness that many of her former industry colleagues weren't even aware that she was so sick," according to RAMP.

Read Billboard.biz's updated and in-depth Polly Anthony obituary here.