This 'Drumline' Producer Says His Relationship With Kim Porter Inspired The 2004 Film
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This 'Drumline' Producer Says His Relationship With Kim Porter Inspired The 2004 Film

The pop culture world is still reeling from the unexpected death of Kim Porter, model, actress and mother to Sean "Diddy" Combs' children. Music producer Dallas Austin revealed that the 2002 film Drumline was partially inspired by his memories of Porter. Austin was a producer on the film.

On Instagram, he posted a prom picture of him and Porter, writing in the caption that he knew Porter ever since they were both children. It was their relationship that inspired the relationship between Nick Cannon's character, Devon and Zoe Saldana's character, Laila.

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Oh well here it goes :our famous prom pic : This is the hardest post I’ve ever had to do...my mom and Kim’s mom was pregnant with us at the same time in Columbus ...I have never known a life without Kim porter from kindergarten through all of our life long experiences in high school, having matching bmws or her being the biggest believer in me making it as a producer and us getting out of Columbus to be somebody ..and we made it!! we were inseparable I feel like a part of my soul has has been taken away ..most people don’t know that Zoe Saldana played the role of Kim in “drumline” as nick cannon played my character ..we saw purple rain 15times in the theater and if you knew her you knew a strong beautiful smiling gangster angel ! I know GOD is perfect but sometimes even perfect can make a mistake ????I send prayers out to the kids and our family and my brother @diddy this is a hard one but we will get though it love you @ladykp ????????????????????????????????❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Porter was reportedly battling pneumonia and had flu-like symptoms before her death. On Sunday, Combs posted a video of him and Porter on Twitter with the statement, "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."