Birthday: December 15, 1970
Died At Age: 47
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Born in: Columbus, Georgia
Famous as: Model, Actress
Spouse/Ex-: Al B. Sure! (m. 1989–1990)
father: Jake Porter
mother: Sarah L. Porter
children: Christian Casey Combs, Jessie James Combs, Quincy
Died on: November 15, 2018
place of death: Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California
U.S. State: Georgia
Kimberly Porter was a model and actress from America. She gained recognition for her long-term relationship with rapper and record producer Sean 'Diddy' Combs (also known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Puffy, and Diddy). A native of Georgia, Porter attended Columbus High School and later relocated to Atlanta so she could fulfil her childhood aspirations of becoming an actress and model. It did not take her long to garner attention from prolific modelling agencies. In the ensuing years, Porter appeared in some of the most renowned fashion magazines in the world and was part of the commercial campaigns of several international brands. She made her acting debut in the 2001 romantic drama, ‘The Brothers’. Her most prominent role on screen was as Violet Walker in the short-lived telenovela ‘Wicked Wicked Games’. In November 2018, Porter was found dead in her home in Toluca Lake. She was 47 years old at the time.
Kim Porter gradually established herself as an accomplished model. She got the opportunity to work beside the likes of Kimora Lee Simmons, Veronica Webb, and Naomi Campbell. Signed to New York’s Wilhelmina Agency, she was featured on the covers of ‘Runway’ and ‘Essence Magazine.’ She travelled all over the world for her work, visiting places like Ibiza, Paris, Brazil, Japan, St. Tropez, Italy, Bora Bora, Amsterdam, Africa, Monte Carlo, Dominican Republic, Anguilla, and Jamaica. Some of the brands she worked with are Revlon, Coors, and Tommy Hilfiger.
Porter made her screen debut as an actress in Gary Hardwick’s romantic drama ‘The Brothers’ in 2001. Also starring Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy, and Shemar Moore, the film tells the story of four men who begin to review their lives and relationships after one of them announces his impending nuptials. Porter portrayed a character credited as “Sandra the Temp.”
In 2006, she made her second big screen appearance in a thriller-drama film called ‘The System Within’, playing a character credited as Hayes' #2 Girl. Porter debuted on television in the pilot episode of MyNetworkTv’s telenovela ‘Wicked Wicked Games’ (2006-07). In the show, she had the recurring role of Violet Walker. In 2011, she starred in the musical drama ‘Mama I Want to Sing’. Her last acting role was in the pilot episode of VH1’s comedy series ‘Single Ladies’. The episode, originally aired on May 30, 2011, shows Porter playing a character named Jasmine.
Porter accompanied Combs to the 77th Annual Academy Awards ceremony. In 2008, she made an appearance on his VH1 reality show ‘I Want to Work for Diddy’. In 2017, she served as the co-producer of ‘Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story’, a documentary on Combs’ rise to international fame and becoming one of the all-time greats in the history of hip hop. She was also featured in the film.
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Family & Personal Life
Kim Porter was born on December 15, 1970, in Columbus, Georgia to Jake and Sarah L. Porter. She had always harboured dreams of success in the fashion and entertainment industry. Porter studied at Columbus High School and graduated from there in 1988. She subsequently decided to leave Columbus for Atlanta so she could pursue her dreams of becoming a model and actress.
Porter entered into two significant relationships over the course of her life. According to some sources, she was married to American singer Albert Joseph Brown III (popularly known as Al B. Sure!) from 1989 to 1990. However, other sources claim that they were never married. Either way, they had a son together, Quincy Taylor Brown, who was born on June 4, 1991, and went on to become an actor and singer.
Porter began dating Sean Combs in 1994. On April 4, 1998, their son, Christian Casey Combs, was born. Combs also adopted Quincy. They broke up sometime in 1999, after which Combs began his much-publicised relationship with singer and actress Jennifer Lopez. He and Porter eventually got back together in 2003. Their twin daughters, D'Lila Star Combs and Jessie James Combs, were born on December 21, 2006. They parted ways for the final time in 2007 after Combs had another baby, a daughter named Chance, in 2006 with a woman named Sarah Chapman.
After her split from Combs, Porter spent her time in relative privacy. She was raising her children and had an active Instagram account, on which she posted regularly. On November 15, 2018, Porter’s body was discovered at her home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles. The authorities were alerted at around noon that day and informed that she had suffered a cardiac arrest. She had been reportedly combating flu-like symptoms and pneumonia for several weeks. Porter was buried in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia, a little more than a week after her death.