Kim Porter's loved ones and hundreds of other people gathered in her hometown on Saturday to pay their respects at her funeral, just over one week after her sudden death.
The 47-year-old model and actress and mother of four was honored at a service at Cascade Hills Church in Columbus, Georgia. Guests included her ex Sean "Diddy" Combs, who shares three children with her, his mother Janice Combs, as well as Kimora Lee Simmons, Tichina Arnold, Nene Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Lil Kim, Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans.
"Today we lay to rest our ANGEL. Her spirit lives on with us FOREVER!!!" Diddy tweeted before the service began. "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."
The rapper and producer gave a eulogy at the funeral, talking about how his and Porter's relationship involved.
"As time went on, our relationship took so many different changes, from being boyfriend and girlfriend to being lovers to being best friends," he said, according to audio posted by TMZ. "Somebody that you know you can count on, somebody that has your back, you have their back."
Porter was found dead in her bed at her Los Angeles-area home on November 15. She and Diddy were together for more than a decade until 2007. They shared a 20-year-old son, Christian, and 11-year-old twin daughters, D'Lila Star and Jessie James. Diddy also helped raise Porter's son Quincy Brown, 27, from her previous relationship with Al B. Sure!. Diddy also has a 24-year-old son, Justin, and 12-year-old daughter Chance, from two previous relationships.
"I just want to say to my kids, Justin, Christian, D'Lila, Jesse, Chance, the other man in the house, Quincy, I pledge in front of everybody right now that I will always be there for you," Diddy said at the funeral, drawing cheers. "I will always take care of you."
Diddy wore a black tuxedo and sunglasses and was very somber, staying close to his mother during the service, an eyewitness told E! News. The rapper and producer clutched a big pink program, which read "KP" on the front.
Diddy had arranged for Porter's golden casket to travel in a horse-drawn carriage. The church was decorated with white roses, many of which adorned the casket. A black and white photo of her was also placed near it. A live band and choir performed various musical numbers.
"The service was lengthy with many people speaking and performing. The mood was somber but it was also a celebration of Kim's life with uplifting music and prayer," the eyewitness told E! News.
"At the end of the service, Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" played and everyone exited the church," the eyewitness said. "They headed for the burial at Evergreen Memorial Park where fireworks were ready to be set off from the parking lot next door."
Porter was buried at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens cemetery alongside her mother, Sarah Lee Porter, who died in 2014.
Many stars paid tribute to Porter throughout the day, including Beyoncé and Missy Elliott. The Lemonade singer posted a photo of a young Porter and wrote, "Heaven couldn't wait for you." She uploaded a few other photos of Porter as well.
Missy Elliott's post about Porter was a video of colorful fireworks that lit up the sky after the ceremony. "Fireworks 4 Kim Porter 2day @ your homegoing service was proof that you touched so many people lives!" she tweeted. "You were the 1st to show me around NYC & Always listened to my raps you will be missed but Your SPIRIT LIVES on! Prayers4 your family your Amazing children."
"God broke the mold when he made Kim, there was truly no other woman like her," Porter's extended family, including Diddy's, said in a statement on Friday. "Although her time here on earth was far too short, she lived a life full of purpose and meaning. She was a loving mother and devoted friend. She was the epitome of kindness and grace. There wasn't a person she met who's soul she did not touch. Kim was the type of woman who changed lives for the better. She will be forever remembered and missed by so many. As her family, we promise to honor her every day of our lives. We love you always."
Last week, Diddy wrote on social media, "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," he continued. "We were more than best friends, we were more than soul mates. WE WERE SOME OTHER S--T!! And I miss you so much. Super Black Love [black heart emoji]."
He also wrote a message to Porter, telling her, "I'll raise our family just like you taught me to. Love you forever!!!!"
Quincy also paid tribute to his mom on social media, writing along with a family photo, "I am broken...& the only thing that makes sense right now is that you were way too good for this silly world we live in. I love you so much MOMMY. Please give Mee-Maw the biggest hug and kiss for me."
Last weekend, Diddy and Porter's famous friends gathered to honor her during a private "homegoing celebration." A source told E! News Diddy hosted the memorial at his home, with Pharrell Williams, French Montana and Mary J. Blige in attendance.