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Model And Actress Kim Porter Dead At 47

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Actress / Model Kim Porter attends Kenny "The Jet" Smith's annual All-Star bash presented By JBL at Paramount Studios on February 16, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
By David Moye
Black Voices

Model and actress Kim Porter was found dead Thursday at her L.A. area home. She was 47.

Law enforcement officials told TMZ, which first reported the news, that they received a call from Porter’s home in Toluca Lake around noon reporting a cardiac arrest.

Porter’s representative Cindy Berger confirmed the death to Variety and CNN.

“Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time,” she said in a statement.

Berger did not immediately reply to a request for comment from HuffPost.

The cause of death is still unclear. However, TMZ reported that an anonymous source told the outlet Porter had suffered from flu-like symptoms, and possibly pneumonia, for several weeks.

Born in Columbus, Georgia in 1971, Porter moved to Atlanta in 1988 to pursue a modeling career, ultimately appearing on the covers of Runway and Essence magazines, according to Variety.

Porter also appeared on TV shows like “Law & Order” and “Wicked Wicked Games,” as well as movies including “The Brothers” and “Mama, I Want to Sing.”

She is also well known as the former longtime girlfriend of hip-hop mogul Diddy, whom she dated between 1994 and 2007.

Porter and Diddy had three children together: Christian Combs and twin daughters D’Lila Star and Jessie James.

She also had a son, Quincy, with R&B singer Al B. Sure!, according to Yahoo News.

News of Porter’s death inspired many Twitter tributes from celebrities like rapper Missy Elliot, rapper 50 Cent, singer Tevin Campbell, singer and former member of Destiny’s Child, LaTavia Roberson and #MeToo founder, Tarana Burke.