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Grapevine: Diddy bereft over Kim Porter's death

Michael H. Hodges
Detroit News Fine Arts Writer


Sean "Diddy" Combs and Kim Porter with their twin daughters D'Lila Star Combs and Jessie James Combs in 2007 in East Hampton, New York.

Diddy bereft over Kim Porter's death 

P. Diddy, aka Sean Combs, is reportedly destroyed by news of the death of his ex, Kim Porter, at 47. “Diddy is devastated and shocked," an anonymous source told People. "He and Kim were still very close friends and co-parents even though their romantic relationship didn’t work." The two were a couple for 10 years until 2007. "They were still a family," the source added.

Porter, a model and actress, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead late Thursday morning at her Toluca Lake home in Los Angeles. She and Combs, 49, had three children together — son Christian, 20, and 11-year-old twin daughters D’Lila Star and Jessie James. Combs also raised Porter’s oldest child Quincy, 27, and considers him a son.

Huge 1st-day sales for Michelle Obama book 

Any author would kill for these numbers: Michelle Obama's "Becoming" sold 725,000 copies on Tuesday, its first day of release. That covers all formats — hardcover, electronic, etc., and also includes a big pile-up of preorders. Penguin Random House said it's their largest one-day sale this year. But not to worry — the initial hardcover press run was 1.8 million volumes, so there are plenty left. 

The former first lady, 54, will be in Detroit Dec. 11 to present "Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama" at Little Caesars Arena at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $129-$300, and are available through Ticketmaster

Aerosmith's Joe Perry released from hospital

Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry was released from the hospital Thursday, after collapsing at a Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden Saturday, according to Page Six. The 68-year-old rocker started gasping for breath shortly after appearing on stage with Joel, 69, and had to be rushed out on a stretcher with a tube down his throat. On Tuesday, Perry tweeted he was "doing well," and still plans to join Aerosmith at their Las Vegas residence in April. 

Murderer deceived victim's family for months

For six months starting in June 2010, family and friends of California ad-man Chris Smith, 31, got chipper emails detailing his adventures sailing down the coast of South America with a Playboy model, and then sandboarding in South Africa. Next, he wrote, he was going to cruise down the pirate-filled east coast of Africa.

The only problem, according to police? Smith was dead the whole time. The emails, which abruptly ceased in December 2010, allegedly came from a former business partner, Ed Shin, 40, now on trial for his murder. 

"(Smith) had a financial dispute with Ed Shin," the Orange County district attorney charged on the trial's opening day, according to the Orange County Register. "The evidence is going to show that nobody has seen or heard from him since June 4, 2010." Shin's attorney claims his client killed Smith in self defense. 

Saturday's birthdays

Heavenly Joy, 9

RuPaul, 58

Danny DeVito, 74