Kim Porter laid to rest at star-studded funeral in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia
Former model and actress, Kim Porter was laid to rest in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia, on Saturday morning in a star-studded funeral
Kim Porter’s memorial service was held at Cascade Hills Church. She was buried in a gold casket at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens cemetery alongside her grandmother and mother.
The ceremony was attended by approximately 1,200 to 1,500 people. The attendees included many celebrities.
The celebrity list included Nene Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Lil Kim, Toya Wright, Mary J. Blige, Kimora Lee Simmons, Stevie J, and Faith Evans. Evans also sang at the funeral.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, Porter's ex-boyfriend who she dated off-and-on for 13 years, gave an 18-minute long eulogy. Before the funeral, he posted a message on Twitter to thank everyone for their prayers and support.
“Today we lay to rest our ANGEL. Her spirit lives on with us FOREVER!!!” he wrote, “We thank you all for your prayers and support. You have no idea how much it means to us.” wrote Diddy.
The Porter, Goodwin, and Combs families also sent a public statement to The Associated Press on Friday. They said:
“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 who’s (whose) soul she did not touch. Kim was the type of woman who changed lives for the better,” they 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.”
Pastor T.D. Jakes officiated the service. Different celebrities spoke during the ceremony including her son Quincy, Dallas Austin, and Mary J. Blige. Yolanda Adams performed “Just a Prayer Away” and Faith Evans sang “His Eye is on the Sparrow."
Porter was found dead in her Los Angeles home on November 15, 2018. She had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for several weeks but her cause of death is currently unknown. She was 47 years old at the time of her death.
Porter had acted for many years. She acted in small parts in the film “The Brothers,” VH1’s “Single Ladies” and the TV series “Wicked Wicked Games.” She also appeared in the TV series “I Want to Work for Diddy.”
She lives on through her four children, Quincy Brown, Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twin girls D'Lila Star and Jessie James.