The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner revealed lobar pneumonia was the official cause in the tragic death of Kim Porter, TMZ reports. The specific ailment causes acute inflammation of the entire lung.
The news comes just weeks after the sudden death of Porter, a popular model and actress who was the ex-girlfriend of hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy Combs, and the mother to three of his children: Christian, 20, and twins, D’Lila Star and Jessie James, 12.
According to People, an autopsy was performed on November 16, however results were “deferred” as investigators looked into the events surrounding her death on November 15. Porter, 47, was found unresponsive in her Toluca Lake home and was declared dead at 11:40 a.m. People close to Porter say she was battling a case of the flu after a trip she took to Africa.
Porter’s death shook the hip-hop community, one so deeply engrained in her life as the long time girlfriend of Combs. Prior to her relationship with Combs, Porter dated singer Al B. Sure, whom they share a son name Quincy, 27. Her style, flair and personality were the subject to many great moments in the culture, serving as the muse for Jodeci’s “Forever My Lady,” and Zoe Saldana’s character in the 2002 movie Drumline.
On November 24, Porter’s family planned an elaborate home going ceremony in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia. She was laid to rest near her mother, Sarah Porter, who died in 2014 after a bout with cancer.
During the ceremony Combs and Quincy both summoned strength to speak about the love they shared for Porter.
“I just want to say to my kids, Justin, Christian, D’Lila, Jessie, Chance and the other man in the house, Quincy: Your mother instilled in me this, and I pledge in front of everybody right now that I will always be there for you,” Combs said during the ceremony according to audio obtained by TMZ. “I will always take care of you.”
Days before on November 18, Combs held a private ceremony for their closest friends and family at his home in Los Angeles.
Our prayers and condolences continue to be with the Porter’s loved ones during this difficult time.