Model and actress Kim Porter, who dated music mogul and businessman, Sean “Diddy” Combs for 13 years and is the mother of three of his kids, died on Thursday at her Toluca Lake, California. She was only 47.
Sources tell TMZ emergency services were called to her home following reports of a cardiac arrest.
A representative tells Page Six, “Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time.”
Diddy and Porter have three children together. Christian Combs was born in 1998, followed by twin girls Jessie James and
D’Lila. Porter also has a son, Quincy (named after her personal mentor, Quincy Jones), from a previous relationship with producer Al B. Sure!
Diddy and Porter began dating in 1994 and were on and off until their final breakup in 2007.
She was also mother to son Quincy, with record producer Al B. Sure.
Porter was born in Columbus, Ga., in 1971. After graduating from Columbus High School in 1988, she moved to Atlanta to pursue a modeling career, appearing on the covers of Runway and Essence magazines. She appeared on television shows including
“Law & Order” and “Wicked Wicked Games,” and also had roles in the films “The Brothers” and “Mama, I Want to Sing.”
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson also took to Twitter to voice his grief. “R.I.P to Kim Porter, I send my condolences to her friends and family. She was loved and will be missed dearly,” he said.
“I know Puff is hit right now, he loved her for real, soul mate type sh–. Chin up puff, Positive vibes only.”
Cardiac arrest is, unfortunately, becoming more and more common for Black women like Kim Porter. According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have been diagnosed with heart disease.
fatal, if appropriate steps aren’t taken immediately.
Each year in the United States, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital setting.
The term “heart attack” is often mistakenly used to describe cardiac arrest. While a heart attack may cause cardiac arrest, the two terms don’t mean the same thing.
Heart attacks are caused by a blockage that stops blood flow to the heart. A heart attack (or myocardial infarction) refers to the death of heart muscle tissue due to the loss of blood supply.
By contrast, cardiac arrest is caused when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions. The heart stops beating properly. Hence the name: The heart’s pumping function is “arrested,” or stopped.
In cardiac arrest, death can result quickly if proper steps aren’t taken immediately. Cardiac arrest may be reversed if CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is performed and a defibrillator is used to shock the heart and restore a normal heart rhythm within a few minutes.
We continue to pray for Kim Porter’s children and family.