A tragic mystery is solved: Actress and model Kim Porter, found dead in November in her San Fernando Valley home, died from pneumonia, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office announced Friday.
“The manner of death was certified as natural,” according to a statement released by Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The autopsy report described “lobar pneumonia” as an infection of the lung caused by bacteria.
“Immune cells invade the air spaces (where oxygen is taken in) and this is accompanied with necrosis (death of cells). Pneumonia descreases the lungs’ ability to take in oxygen and over time it can cause sudden death.”
Porter was 47 when she was found unresponsive in her home in Toluca Lake on Nov. 15, 2018, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy was performed the next day and a cause of death was deferred pending further testing.
As celebrity tributes poured in, Porter was buried in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia, on Nov. 24.
Porter and Diddy, born Sean Combs, were no longer a couple but they were still close, sharing three children: son Christian, 20, and twin daughters D’Lila Star and Jessie James, who turn 12 next month. They also raised 27-year-old Quincy Brown, Porter’s son with singer and record producer Al B. Sure.