Kim Porter has been found dead in her Los Angeles-area home. She was 47.
TMZ reports police received a call from Porter’s Toluca Lake home around noon on Thursday. Emergency dispatch audio indicates Porter may have been suffering from cardiac arrest.
Porter had reportedly been suffering from flulike symptoms, and possibly pneumonia, for several weeks, but her official cause of death has yet to be determined. She reportedly called her doctor shortly before her passing complaining that she wasn’t feeling any better.
In addition to being known as a model and actress, Porter is the ex-girlfriend of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. Together, they share son Christian, 20; and twin daughters, Jessie James and D’Lila, 12. Porter also has a son, Quincy, 27, from her previous relationship with Al B. Sure!.
Porter and daughters Jessie James and D’Lila also appeared on the cover of JET magazine in 2008.
“Kim is an incredible mother to our children,” Diddy said in the magazine at the time. “We’ve been part of each other’s lives for many years and I have always admired her courage and strength. We’re the best of friends.”
Linda Johnson, chairman of EBONY, expressed her condolences to Porter’s family.
“So very sad to learn the sudden passing of Kim Porter…to the Porter/Combs family,” she wrote on Instagram.
Porter and Diddy had an on and off relationship for over 20 years, finally ending their relationship in 2007.
Porter appeared in movies and TV shows such as The Brothers and VH1’s Single Ladies.
Celebrities also expressed their condolences toward Porter and her family.
“So sorry to hear about Kim Porter. Only 47. So awful. God bless her beautiful children and her family. This is heartbreaking,” actress Reagan Gomez wrote.
So sorry to hear about Kim Porter. Only 47. So awful. God bless her beautiful children and her family. This is heartbreaking.
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) November 15, 2018
“This is so heartbreaking. Lord please give her kids & her whole family strength,” wrote Missy Elliott.
This is so heartbreaking😥 Lord please give her kids & her whole family strength 😥🙏🏾https://t.co/vJprHqw0ZZ
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) November 15, 2018
“R.I.P to Kim Porter, I send my condolences to her friends and family. She was loved and will be missed dearly. I know puff is hit right now he loved her for real, soul mate type shit. Chin up puff, Positive vibes only,” rapper 50 Cent wrote on Instagram.
Rest in peace.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.