Kim Porter and Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Eternal Bond
Kim Porter, an actress and former model who had dated Sean “Diddy” Combs for more than a decade, died on Thursday at age 47 after apparently suffering complications from pneumonia.
The mother of four had three children — Jessie James, D’Lila, and Christian — with Combs, who she dated between 1994 and 2007. She had her eldest son, Quincy, with R&B singer Al B. Sure.
Porter’s representative Cindy Berger confirmed the death. “Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time,” she said in a statement.
TMZ first reported that authorities were called to Porter’s Toluca Lake, California, home at 11:38 a.m. on Thursday, and that a 911 call reported “a patient in cardiac arrest.” TMZ also reported that she had been suffering from pneumonia for weeks. Her official cause of death has not been confirmed.
Born in Columbus, Georgia, Porter moved to Atlanta in 1988 to pursue a modeling career. She appeared on TV shows like “Law & Order” and “Wicked Wicked Games,” as well as movies including “The Brothers” and “Mama, I Want to Sing.”
She met Diddy in 1994 and gave birth to their first child, Christian, in 1998. The couple had a publicly on-and-off-again relationship that officially ended in July 2007. According to her interview with Essence magazine, she left Diddy in “dramatic” style once it was confirmed that he had fathered an outside child before the birth of their twins.
“I wanted to be dramatic,” she said. “I wanted him to know I wasn’t breaking up with him for two weeks or maybe leaving for two days. If I pack up everything, twins and all, it means I’m out! Puffy’s an action person, not a talk person. So I had to have an action. Telling him, ‘Babe, I’m leaving’ was not gonna do it.”
The two have remained close “friends,” according to Porter. Since the breakup, they have vacationed with the kids, as well as spent holidays celebrating, including New Years. Porter, Diddy, D’Lila, Jessie, Christian, Justin Combs and Al B. Sure attended the L.A. premiere of Quincy’s movie “The Holiday Calendar” on Oct. 29.
Her last Instagram post was urging people to vote on Nov. 6.
Combs had been silent until recently, when he posted several tweets about Porter’s death and his reaction:
“For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare,” Combs said in a tweet that included a video of him cuddling up to a pregnant Porter. “But I haven’t. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you baby. I miss you so much. Today I’m going to pay tribute to you, I’m going to try and find the words to explain our unexplainable relationship.”
In another tweet Combs said, “We were more than best friends, we were more than soul mates. … And I miss you so much. Super Black Love.”