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NeNe Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, and Kandi Burruss Say Goodbye to Kim Porter at Her Georgia Funeral
The Real Housewives of Atlanta ladies reflected on life and love following their friend's death.
NeNe Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, and Kandi Burruss gathered with other loved ones to say goodbye to Kim Porter at her funeral on Saturday, November 24 in Columbus, Georgia. The model was found dead in her home in Los Angeles on November 15. She was 47.
NeNe shared a photo of herself with Cynthia and friend Chanita Foster celebrating the life and legacy of Kim over the weekend on Instagram. The Real Housewives of Atlanta entrepreneur later opened up about how Kim's passing has underscored how vital it is to cherish the time you have with friends. "Those who know me, knows that I’m a girls girl. I love having girlfriends and spending time with them. After yesterday’s home going service for Kim Porter @ladykp proved to me even more reasons as to why it is important to foster the friends who surround you, who want the best for you, who are there for you, who love you for YOU, [whose] presences in your life and yours in theirs is beneficial. Don’t take that for granted because tomorrow is NOT promised," NeNe shared on Instagram. "PS: if I haven’t said it enough let me say it again! I love you lady bugs! We had a good ole time in the name of celebrating Kim."
More than 2,500 people came out to pay their respects to Kim at Columbus' Cascade Hills Church, according to the city's Ledger-Enquirer. This included Russell Simmons, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Kim, and Faith Evans.
Sean "Diddy" Combs, who had three children with Kim and raised her eldest child Quincy, delivered a moving 15-minute eulogy, TMZ reports. He has been paying tribute to his late former love on Instagram since her passing earlier this month.
Kandi also showed her love for Kim on Instagram on November 24. "So many people have happy memories of @ladykp. Such a beautiful person who touched so many hearts," she captioned a vintage pic of herself with Kim. "Rest in heaven Kim!"
NeNe previously honored Kim on social media after hearing the news of her death. "Whenever we linked up, believe me it was a turn up! I was on set today when I got the call and after that, I have been no good!" NeNe shared on Instagram following Kim's passing on November 15. "Can’t believe I’m posting this saying goodbye [to] Kim! My deepest condolence to the children and family of Kim’s! Fly baby girl and Rest In Peace @ladykp."
She later shared a throwback photo of herself and Kim at Diddy's New Year's Eve party in Miami in 2010. "Fun beautiful soul," NeNe described Kim in the post. "This girl knew how to have a good ole time."
Cynthia also paid tribute to Kim on Instagram after her passing. "It seems just like yesterday @ladykp & @ebonielektra surprised me at Lake Bailey for some long over due girlfriend time. I remember curling up on the couch, drinking wine, eating, dancing, laughing, and talking for hours. I am truly devastated and heartbroken over the sad news of her passing. Kim was a one of a kind spirit full of love, light and peace. She marched to the beat of her own drum, and I loved her for that," Cynthia wrote. "I have honestly been in shock & denial since I found out. I am just now finding the words to post my fondest memory and express my deepest condolences to her children, family and friends. My prayers are with all of you. Rest In Peace beautiful one. You will be deeply missed."