Kim Porter, a model and actress known for her on-again, off-again relationship with Sean (Diddy) Combs, died Thursday, a rep for the rapper confirms. She was 47.
“Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time,” the rep said in a statement.
TMZ reports Porter died at her Los Angeles home, and that she’d been suffering flulike symptoms for several weeks. Her cause of death remains unclear.
Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey confirmed his team received a medical call to the 10000 block of Woodbridge St. in Toluca Lake Thursday morning, which is where Porter’s home is located.
“We did have a response to that location at 11:31 am local time for an unspecified medical aid request. We still have units at the scene. There have been no transports,” he told the Daily News.
She and the “Last Night” rapper shared three children together, son Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twin daughters D’Lila Star and Jessie James. Combs also raised her 27-year-old son Quincy, from a previous relationship with singer and producer Al B. Sure.
Porter, a native of Columbus, Ga., started her career as a model, and later had roles in films like the 2001 Gary Hardwick dramedy “The Brothers” and the MyNetworkTV series “Wicked Wicked Games.”
Her decade-long relationship with Combs kicked off in 1994, and they welcomed son Christian four years later.
“She kind of made me nervous. She wasn’t like a New York girl,” Combs told Essence of first meeting Porter, who was hired as a receptionist at Uptown Records shortly after he first spotted her in the studio with Al B. Sure.
“She was Bohemian, mixed with Georgia-peach hospitality. I got the idea she’d like doing stuff like walking barefoot in the grass. I didn’t think I could get her to like me.”
In 1999, they split, sparking a custody battle over their son, but by 2003 had rekindled their romance.
The couple welcomed twin daughters in December 2006, only to split once again a year later after Porter learned that Combs had fathered a child with another woman.
“I would have preferred to find out from him because that’s a man,” she told Essence in 2007. “I know it’s hard for anyone to say to their significant other, ‘I’ve gotten into some s—t and I got a baby on the way.’ But men do get caught up in things; I’m not naïve to that. Still, there’s a right and a wrong way to handle it.”
Porter said she eventually decided to call it quits on their time together because she simply wasn’t happy.
“There’s no other way for me to articulate it, other than a feeling. I just wasn’t feeling it, that’s why I had to leave,” she said.
Still, the couple remained friends in the wake of their split, with Porter wishing Combs a happy 49th birthday on Instagram Nov. 4.
“On this day a GENIUS was born,” she wrote. “May you continue to be the driving force of energy that God created you to be!! Thank you for giving me the best gifts of life our children!!”
Porter was remembered on Twitter by celebrities like Wendy Williams and 50 Cent, who offered their condolences to her family.
“R.I.P. to Kim Porter, I send my condolences to her friends and family. She was loved and will be missed dearly,” 50 Cent wrote. “I know Puff is hit right now, he loved her for real, soul mate type s—t. Chin up puff, Positive vibes only.”
The Los Angeles Police Department told an NBC TV affiliate, “We do not suspect foul play” and that Diddy was “extremely cooperative and understandably upset” when speaking with detectives.