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Emotional Diddy fought back tears to deliver the eulogy at Kim Porter's Georgia funeral - despite fears he would be too upset to speak - as Mary J Blige and the former model's son also pay tribute
Diddy gives emotional eulogy at Kim Porter’s funeral service. Porter was laid to rest in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia
Diddy's ex-girlfriend and MOTHER of 3 of his CHILDREN, Kim Porter, 47, is found DEAD
Music mogul Diddy overcame his heartbreak to give a moving eulogy during former model Kim Porter's funeral on Saturday in Georgia as she was laid to rest in a gold casket.
Others who gave eulogies at the Cascades Hills Church in Columbus included Mary J. Blige, Dallas Austin, Bishop Noel Jones and Porter's son, actor and singer Quincy Brown.
Quincy broke down as he spoke and was joined at the mic by his father, Al B. Sure!, and Diddy.
The service was packed with celebrities like Mary J Blige, best friend Kimora Lee Simmons, Missy Elliot, Lil Kim, Tichina Arnold, NeNe Leakes, Fat Joe, Kandi Burress, Winnie Harlow, Ryan Destiny, Stevie J and more.
The funeral for the 47-year-old started at 11am ET. The procession headed to Evergreen Memorial Park to lay Porter to rest next to her mother. 'What's Going On' by Marvin Gaye played as they left and fireworks will be shot for the actress at the site.
Kim's golden casket was topped with a bouquet of beautiful flowers and a black and white photo of her sat alongside her
Folorn looking Diddy sits next to beloved ex Kim Porter's grave ahead of burial in Columbus. The devastated rap superstar appeared deep in thought
The devastated rap superstar appeared deep in thought as he took a lone stroll at Evergreen Memorial Garden Cemetery
Diddy is pictured on his way to Kim Porter's funeral. There has been speculation on whether Diddy will deliver the eulogy as he is said to be in a 'fragile emotional state'
Diddy took to his Twitter to share a heartfelt message about Porter an hour before the service. He is seen above behind the hearse
Russell Simmons (left) arrived at the funeral at a different time than his fashion mogul ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons (right). Porter and Kimora were best friends
Model Winnie Harlow (left) and actress Tichina Arnold (right) were seen at the service along with a plethora of other celebrities
Porter's casket is golden and is topped with beautiful bouquets of flowers. A black and white photo of her sits in the homegoing service and a band plays behind the casket. Chairs and other accessories were all white.
Singer Faith Evans is said to have performed 'His Eye is On the Sparrow' while gospel legend, Yolanda Adams, sand 'Just a Prayer Away.'
There had been speculation on whether Diddy will deliver the eulogy as he is said to be in a 'fragile emotional state.'
Diddy took to his Twitter to share a heartfelt message about Porter an hour before the service.
He said: 'Today we lay to rest our ANGEL. Her spirit lives on with us FOREVER!!! We thank you all for your prayers and support. You have no idea how much it means to us. We thank GOD for all of you. #KimPorter.'
Kimora Lee heads into the church - pictured waving and wearing a hat far right, walking behind Porter's hearse
Kim Porter's obituary was also white and adorned with rose finish. It included many glam shots of the formal model
But Porter was truly dedicated to her family as evident in the obituary and the many photos of her smiling with them
He said: 'Today we lay to rest our ANGEL. Her spirit lives on with us FOREVER!!! We thank you all for your prayers and support. You have no idea how much it means to us. We thank GOD for all of you. #KimPorter'
Diddy is seen above as he leaves the funeral service of Kim Porter at the Cascade Hills Church in Columbus, Georgia
The funeral for the 47-year-old started at 11am ET at the Cascades Hills Church in Columbus. The hearse is seen above
The number of mourners in attendance was estimated to be between 1,200 to 1,500 loved ones.
Porter will be buried next to her mother, Sarah Lee Porter, who died in 2014.
She died last Thursday after suffering from a bout of pneumonia but her exact cause of death is unknown.
On Friday, Diddy hosted a private service at Charles E Huff International Funeral Home.
Kim Porter will be buried next to her mother, Sarah Lee Porter, who died in 2014
The number of mourners expected to gather for the service is said to be a massive 1,200 to 1,500 loved ones
Diddy - along with sons Quincy Brown and Christian Casey Combs - were seen leaving the service.
Porter has four children. She gave birth to Qunicy in 1991 while dating producer and artist Al B. Sure! starting in 1990.
Porter and Diddy share three children together, twin girls Jessie James and D'Lila, 11, and 20-year-old son Christian.
The couple had been on and off for 13 years and following their split, the pair continued to co-parent their children and remained like family with one another.
The funeral procession makes its way to Cascade Hills Church
Long lines lead out of the church during the Saturday filled with overcast
Kim Porter, the model and ex-girlfriend of Sean Combs, has been found dead.
Authorities arrived at Porter's Los Angeles home around 11.30am on Thursday after receiving a call that someone at the residence was in cardiac arrest.
A source told TMZ that Porter, 47, had been suffering from flu-like symptoms and possibly pneumonia for several weeks.
Kim Porter, the model and ex-girlfriend of Sean Combs, has been found dead in Los Angeles
Authorities arrived at Porter's Los Angeles home (pictured) around 11.30am on Thursday after receiving a call that someone was suffering cardiac arrest
Another source said that Porter called her doctor just yesterday and said she wasn't feeling better.
The exact cause of death remains unclear.
Diddy's representative confirmed Porter's death and asked that the family be given 'privacy at this time'.
Porter and Diddy dated for 13 years. They share three children together, twin girls Jessie James and D'Lila, 11, and 20-year-old son Christian.
The model and actress also had a son, Quincy, from her relationship with R&B producer Al B. Sure!.
Porter and Diddy were seen together just last month as their entire family came out to support the premiere of Quincy's film The Holiday Calendar.
Porter and Diddy dated on and off for 13 years. They are pictured here at the 1999 Annual Essence Awards
Porter and Diddy were seen together just last month as their entire family came out to support the premiere of Quincy's film The Holiday Calendar. She is pictured here at the premiere with the couple's two daughters
Porter was an accomplished model and actress, appearing on the covers of Runway and Essence Magazine.
She also made appearances on shows including Law & Order, as well as the films The Brothers and Mama, I Want To Sing.
Porter and Diddy were on and off for more than a decade, their dramatic splits and reconciliations frequently making national headlines in the late 90s and early 200s.
Diddy first met Porter when he was an A&R executive in the early 1990s. It was love at first sight - at least for the future hitmaker.
Porter had been at the studio with her ex-boyfriend AI B. Sure when Diddy laid eyes on her.
'I wasn't trying to holler at her or anything, but I was admiring her - her lips, her eyes, her mouth, her shape, her energy,' Diddy told Essence in 2006.
All the rapper could think was 'I wish I had a girl like that'.
Authorities arrived at Porter's Los Angeles home around noon on Thursday after receiving a call that someone was suffering cardiac arrest. Porter is pictured here in October
Diddy's representative confirmed Porter's death and asked that the family be given 'privacy at this time'
Porter would go on to work as a receptionist at Uptown Records. By 1994, she and Diddy were a couple - and they were inseparable.
'We went out together, we ate together, we played together,' Porter told Essence during the same interview.
'He would want me at the office. I would want him at my shoots. Our bond was so tight.'
Diddy, who hails from Harlem, was completely taken by how different Porter - a Columbus, Georgia native - seemed from the other girls he knew.
'She wasn't like a New York girl,' he said. 'She was Bohemian, mixed with Georgia-peach hospitality.'
'I got the idea she'd like doing stuff like walking barefoot in the grass. I didn't think I could get her to like me.'
Porter and Diddy (pictured together at the Academy Awards in 2005) first began dating in the early 1990s
Diddy, who hails from Harlem, was completely taken by how different Porter - a Columbus, Georgia native - seemed from the other girls he knew when they first met
'She was smooth, you know, like ice. She's cool and collected and thinks before she speaks. You meet a lot of young ladies, and they just don't do that. Kim was never pressed. She was always in control.'
But shortly after the birth of the couple's first son, news hit that Diddy was dating Jennifer Lopez. Suddenly Porter's name was all over the press.
'Everywhere I went, people were asking, "Are you okay?"', Porter recalled at the time.
'They were talking to me like I was really crushed. But I just had a baby. I couldn't be somewhere in a corner heartbroken. I have kids. I'm a grown woman.'
Porter kicked Combs out of the house they shared and he went on to date Lopez for two years.
It wasn't until Combs faced the possibility of jail, after he was charged with bribery and weapons possession, that he won Porter back again.
'I think the threat of losing his freedom forced him to grow up and take responsibility for his actions,' she said.
The couple seemed stronger than ever after they got back together, with Diddy even declaring that Porter 'completes me' and that she was his 'muse'.
Porter and Diddy first broke up when she was pregnant with their son - the same time he began dating Jennifer Lopez behind her back
Porter kicked Combs out of the house they shared and he went on to date Lopez (pictured together in 2000) for two years
But just seven months after their loved-up interview was published, Porter and Diddy had broken up yet again.
And, much like the first time around, the betrayal happened when Porter was pregnant - this time with the rapper's twins.
Porter was informed by a friend that Diddy had another daughter on the way with another woman.
The baby - named Chance - was born five months before Porter's daughters. Her mother was Sarah Chapman, a woman in Atlanta who worked in fashion.
Porter planned her break-up from Diddy for weeks, waiting until he was out of town before packing up the house.
She took the cars, the nursery, the furniture - even the kitchen table.
'There was no other way,' Porter told Essence in 2007. 'You think he would have let me walk out the door?'
'I wanted him to know I wasn't breaking up with him for two weeks - or maybe leaving for two days. If I pack up everything - twins and all - it means I'm out!'
It wasn't until Combs faced the possibility of jail, after he was charged with bribery and weapons possession - that he won Porter back again. The couple are pictured here in 2004, shortly before their final break-up
Porter and Diddy remained friends after their final break-up in 2007 and she made appearances on his show 'I Want To Work For Diddy'. She is pictured here in June 2018
'Puffy's an action person, not a talk person. So I had to have an action. Telling him, "Babe, I'm leaving" was not gonna do it.'
But the couple remained friends through the years, something Porter predicted from the beginning.
'You know how when two people go their separate ways, most of the time there's animosity? It's not like that with us,' she said soon after their break-up.
'Sean and I have this bond, this friendship. I'm the person he can tell his inner most thoughts to and he's that person for me. He still calls me every day and we talk.'
The former couple continued to make appearances at red carpets and parties together and Porter made appearances on Diddy's show I Want to Work for Diddy, which aired from 2008 to 2010.
Diddy even gave Porter a shout out in one of his songs in 2010.
Tributes for Porter quickly began to pour into social media on Thursday afternoon from the likes of 50 Cent, Questlove, and Missy Elliot
His lyrics - 'What if the twins ask me why I ain't marry their mom (why, damn!) / How do I respond? - raised eyebrows due to the song's title 'Coming Home'.
Diddy and Porter never rekindled their relationship, but he continued to shower her with love.
He took to Instagram to share a birthday tribute for Porter in 2015, writing: 'We thank God for you! Love and be clear! She's set 4 life! BE CLEAR! Thank you for my beautiful children!'
Tributes for Porter quickly began to pour into social media on Thursday afternoon.
'R.I.P to Kim Porter, I send my condolences to her friends and family,' wrote 50 Cent.
'She was loved and will be missed dearly. I know Puff is hit right now, he loved her for real, soul mate type s**t. Chin up puff, Positive vibes only.'
'This is so heartbreaking,' wrote Missy Elliott. 'Lord please give her kids & her whole family strength.'
Diddy is pictured with all five of his children. He shares twins Jesse James and D'Lila (pictured in black) and son Christian (in the jersey) with Porter. He also has son Justin Dior Combs and daughter Chance from other relationships