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Heart Breaking News: Kim Porter Passes Away Unexpectedly at 47 Years Old

Kim Porter, the model and actress who dated Diddy for 13 years, was found dead Thursday at her Los Angeles home, she was only 47 years old. Sean “Diddy” Combs is heartbroken over the death of Kim Porter, his ex-girlfriend and the mother of their four children.

Diddy Is ‘Devastated and Shocked’ About Ex Kim Porter’s Death at 47: ‘They Were Still a Family’

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Law enforcement sources tell us they got a call to Porter’s Toluca Lake home around noon. According to emergency dispatch audio the call came in as a patient in cardiac arrest. A source connected to Kim tells us she’d been suffering pneumonia for several weeks, but it’s still unclear what exactly caused her death. Diddy and Kim’s relationship spanned more than a decade with several breakups and makeups. They started dating in 1994 and broke up, for the last time, in 2007.

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Kim and Diddy have 3 children together — twin girls Jessie James and D’Lila were born in 2006, and she had their son, Christian Combs, in 1998. She also has a son, Quincy, from her previous relationship with Al B. Sure! Porter worked as both a model and an actress, and she made appearances on Diddy’s show, “I Want to Work for Diddy.”

Diddy’s rep Cindi Berger tells us, “Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Kim went to bed early last night, because she wasn’t feeling well and when family members went to wake her Thursday she was non-responsive.  Paramedics pronounced Kim dead at her home.

As for the cause … we’re told she was battling an illness — either the flu or pneumonia — over the last few days and was being treated with Saline and vitamins. Authorities are also looking at a recent trip Kim took to Africa, to determine if she contracted a disease. No illegal drugs were found. The coroner will perform an autopsy and perform toxicology tests. 

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Kim Porter and Diddy History Together

Porter and Combs began dating in the ’90s. In 1998, Combs and Porter welcomed their first child together — a son named Christian Casey Combs. Nine years later, Porter gave birth to twin girls, D’Lila Star and Jessie James Combs.

She was also mother to son Quincy Brown, 27, from a previous relationship with music producer Al B. Sure. When Quincy was only 3 years old, Combs was hands-on in raising him.

Porter and Combs called it quits for the first time in 1999 and battled in court over child support for Christian; Combs also dated Jennifer Lopez for two years before he and Porter reconciled in 2003. They split for the final time in 2007.

That same year, Porter revealed to Essence magazine that their relationship turned sour after rumors surfaced that Combs fathered a child with another woman. In 2006, Combs welcomed daughter Chance with Sarah Chapman. Combs is also father to 24-year-old son Justin with ex-girlfriend Misa Hylton-Brim.

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Porter and Combs were able to patch up their relationship and remained close for the sake of their children.

“I’ve been truly blessed to have some great, incredible relationships that have afforded me these children by these very strong, intelligent, beautiful black women,” he says of his exes. “The mothers of my children [are] my best friends. My hat goes off to them,” Combs previously told PEOPLE.

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“We’re friends. I’m the person he can tell his innermost thoughts to and he’s that person for me. He still calls me every day and we talk,” Porter also told Essence.