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Details are now available about the upcoming funeral processions for Kim Porter (pictured left), according to BET.
Sean “Diddy” Combs (pictured right), Porter’s former lover and the mother of three of his children, has arranged an extravagant ceremony where friends, family, and extended family will be able to pay their last respects.
Porter was an accomplished model and actress and had a number of close high-profile friends in the entertainment industry.
Her final homegoing ceremony and burial services will be held this coming Saturday (November 24). Proceedings will occur in Columbus, Georgia, Porter’s hometown.
A spokesperson for the Charles E. Huff International Funeral Home released a statement saying that there will be two opportunities for the public to attend viewings of Porter as well.
Both public viewings will be held at the Cascade Hills Church in Columbus, Georgia. The first service will be held on November 23 from noon to 6:00 p.m. (EST). A second public viewing service will be held on November 24 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to Porter’s official funeral.
The final service will be officiated by celebrity pastor T.D. Jakes of the Porterhouse megachurch. Porter’s casket will be placed in a lavish carriage pulled by horses.
On November 18, Diddy released the following statement, according to Essence Magazine:
“For the last three days, I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare. 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. We were more than best friends; we were more than soulmates. We were on some other sh*t!! And I miss you so much. Super Black Love.”
Porter died November 15 in her Toluca Lake home outside of Los Angeles, California. She was 47-years old.
Cardiac arrest has been listed as the cause of death but Porter was complaining to doctors for weeks about suffering from pneumonia. However, she obviously was not taken seriously or treated properly by the medical system, which is a problem for many black women no matter where they are on our nation’s social caste system.
The Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s office was still investigating Porter’s death as of Tuesday (November 20). However, BET also reported earlier today that the symptoms Porter was experiencing were very similar to those experienced by the late comedy legend Bernie Mac.
Mac’s official cause of death was confirmed to be a disease called sarcoidosis, a mysterious ailment, which has caused the death of a number of other black celebrities, including NFL Hall of Famer Reggie White. Another disparity about sarcoidosis is that the disease behaves differently inside the bodies of blacks than it does in those of white people.
For 80 to 90 percent of whites, sarcoidosis can disappear even in cases without treatment. For blacks, the disease grows and attacks the body more aggressively and can cause death if left untreated.