Kim Porter’s family and friends, including ex-boyfriend and father of her children Sean “Diddy” Combs, bid farewell to her in an elaborate funeral held in her Georgia hometown on Saturday, just a little more than a week after her death.
Combs, 49, was spotted arriving at the funeral, as were guests Kimora Lee Simmons and actress Tichina Arnold.
Combs arranged for Porter’s casket to travel in a carriage pulled by horses during the public funeral, which was held at Columbus’ Cascade Hills Church. Acclaimed pastor T.D. Jakes officiated the service.
The music mogul spoke during the service, as did Mary J. Blige and Porter’s son from a previous relationship with Al B. Sure!, Quincy Brown, TMZ reported, adding that after Brown began to cry during his remarks, Sure joined both him and Diddy onstage.
Yolanda Adams and Faith Evans reportedly also performed musical tributes.
Following the service, Porter will be buried next to her mother in Evergreen Memorial Park, according to TMZ.
There was a public viewing held at the Charles E. Huff International Funeral Home before the funeral commenced on Saturday, as well as a viewing on Friday.
On Saturday afternoon, Diddy shared a touching video on social media, and praised Porter as “the truest definition of a MOTHER!”
In the clip, Porter appears to play in the water with her and Combs’ twin daughters D’Lila Star and Jessie James, 11, as well as Diddy’s daughter Chance, 12 — whom he shares with ex Sarah Chapman.
Shortly before Porter’s funeral began on Saturday, Combs also honored his ex-girlfriend with an emotional note.
“Today we lay to rest our ANGEL,” he wrote on Twitter alongside an image of Porter.
“Her spirit lives on with us FOREVER!!! We thank you all for your prayers and support. You have no idea how much it means to us. We thank GOD for all of you,” he added.
In a statement released to the Associated Press on Friday, Porter’s family remembered her as “a loving mother and devoted friend.”
“God broke the mold when he made Kim, there was truly no other woman like her. Although her time here on earth was far too short, she lived a life full of purpose and meaning. She was a loving mother and devoted friend. She was the epitome of kindness and grace. There wasn’t a person she met [whose] soul she did not touch. Kim was the type of woman who changed lives for the better,” the Porter, Goodwin and Combs families said. “She will be forever remembered and missed by so many. As her family, we promise to honor her every day of our lives. We love you always.”
Porter was found dead in her home on Nov. 15 at the age of 47. As of Monday, her cause of death remained unknown following the completion of an autopsy.
On Nov. 15, officers were alerted after a woman was found unresponsive in Toluca Lake, California. She was declared dead at 11:40 a.m. local time. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Porter’s death in a statement.
According to an emergency dispatch call posted by TMZ, the call came in as a cardiac arrest. While it’s still not clear what caused Porter’s death, a source told the outlet she had been suffering from pneumonia for weeks.
A rep for Combs confirmed Porter’s death to PEOPLE at the time, saying, “Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time.”
“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,” he added. “We were more than best friends, we were more than soulmates. WE WERE SOME OTHER S—!! And I miss you so much. Super Black Love.”
He later posted a slideshow of pictures of time he spent with Porter and their brood. “I’ll raise our family just like you taught me to. Love you forever!!!!” he said. “I CANT BELIEVE THIS S—!!!!!! F—!!!!!! Smfh.”
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SOURCE: People – BRIANNE TRACY and MARIA PASQUINI