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Kim PorterThe loved ones and hundreds of other people gathered in their hometown on Saturday to pay their respects at his funeral, a little over a week after his sudden death.
The model, actress and 47-year-old mother was honored at a service at Cascade Hills Church in Columbus, Georgia. The guests included their ex Sean "Diddy" Combs, who shares three children with her, as well as Kimora Lee Simmons, Tichina Arnold, NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Lil & # 39; Kim, Mary J. BligeY Faith Evans, who supposedly sang at the event, according to multiple reports. Shepherd T.D. Jakes He officiated the service.
"Today we rest in our ANGEL, his spirit lives with us FOREVER" Diddy tweeted Before the service began. "We thank you all for your prayers and support, you have no idea what it means to us, we thank God for all of you, #KimPorter."
The rapper and producer and the son of Porter. Quincy Brown, 27, whom he helped raise, delivered praise and the latter broke while talking, said the exit. His father and the other former Porter. To B. Sure! Then he joined them on stage, TMZ reported. Blige also spoke at the service, according to the report.
Combs had arranged for Porter's golden chest to travel in a horse-drawn carriage. According to TMZ, it was adorned with white and pink flowers inside the church, along with a black and white photo of her.
Porter will be buried in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens cemetery with his mother, Sarah Lee Porter, who died in 2014.
"God broke the mold when he made Kim, there really was not another woman like her," said Porter's extended family, including Diddy, in a statement on Friday. "Although her time here on earth was too short, she lived a life full of purpose and meaning, she was a loving mother and a devoted friend, she was the personification of kindness and grace, she knew no one with whom her soul. she touched herself … Kim was the kind of woman who changed their lives for the better, she will always be remembered and missed by so many … Like her family, we promise to honor her every day of our lives.
Porter was found dead in her bed at her home in the Los Angeles area on November 15. In addition to Diddy and Quincy, she and her son are survived by the rapper Christian Casey Combs and twin daughters Jessie James Combs Y D & # 39; lila Star Combs, as well as the model's father. Jake D. Porter, Jr. and her grandmother Lila mae star.
"Kim grew up with values from the South and remained close to her traditional roots and education throughout her history," her family said in a press release, according to Atlanta-based NBC affiliate WXIA-TV. "She loved deeply her hometown of Columbus, Georgia, and was very happy when she was able to return home for family visits."
"Despite her beloved status, Kim considered motherhood to be her greatest achievement and was a committed and devoted presence in the lives of her four children, filling them with love, grace, compassion, joy and hope," her family said. Press release. . "Their deep legacy and light lives through them."
Porter and Diddy, a father of five children, dated for 13 years before splitting in 2007.
"For the last three days I've been trying to wake up from this nightmare, but not," Diddy wrote on social media in the days after Porter's death. "I do not know what I'm going to do without you, baby, I miss you so much."
"Today I'm going to pay homage to you, I'm going to try to find the words to explain our inexplicable relationship," he continued. "We were more than best friends, we were more than just soulmates, WE ARE SOME OTHERS S – T, and I miss you so much." Super Black Love [black heart emoji]. "
He also wrote a message to Porter and said: "I will raise our family as you taught me to do, I love you forever !!!!
Quincy also paid tribute to his mother on social media, and wrote along with a family photo: "I'm devastated … and the only thing that makes sense at the moment is that you were too good for this dumb world in which we live." "I love you so much, MOM, please give Mee-Maw the biggest hug and kiss for me."
Last weekend, the famous friends of Diddy and Porter met to honor her during a private "house celebration". A source told E! News Diddy received the memorial at his home, with Pharrell Williams, French Montana Y Mary J. Blige in attendance.