An official cause of death has not been determined but an autopsy is pending, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office said in a release.
Porter was discovered unresponsive in her home in the 10300 block of Woodbridge Street in Toluca Lake in the San Fernando Valley. She was pronounced dead at 11:40 a.m. at the scene.
Porter graduated from Columbus High School in 1988 and moved to Atlanta to pursue a modeling career.
She was the mother of Quincy Brown from a relationship with R&B singer Al B. Sure and had an off and on relationship with record producer Sean “Diddy” Combs. They had three children together, a son, Christian Casey Combs, and twin daughters, D’Lila Star and Jessie James Combs.
Diddy posted multiple tributes to Porter on Instagram on Sunday, remembering her as his “soulmate.”
“For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare,” he said. “But I haven’t. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you baby. I miss you so much. Today I’m going to pay tribute to you, I’m going to try and find the words to explain our unexplainable relationship. “
Columbus native Dallas Austin, a Grammy-award winning songwriter and producer, also posted a message on Instagram Sunday about growing up with Porter. They were close friends and went to prom together at Columbus High School.
“This is the hardest post I’ve ever had to do,” he said. “My mom and Kim’s mom was pregnant with us at the same time in Columbus ... I have never known a life without Kim porter from kindergarten through all of our life long experiences in high school, having matching bmws or her being the biggest believer in me making it as a producer and us getting out of Columbus to be somebody.”
Porter’s death comes more than four years after her mother, Sarah L. Porter, died April 25, 2014, in Columbus at age 67. Sarah was owner of Royal Cafe, one of the oldest soul food restaurants in Columbus.
The restaurant at 600 11th St. is now owned by her mother, Lila Star, and Porter’s aunt, Carolyn Ross.
Funeral arrangements have been released.