"I promise y'all I'm going to finish what we started!!!" Diddy wrote


By Darlene Aderoju
Updated May 20, 2020 08:50 PM
Andre Harrell, Diddy, Kim Porter
Andre Harrell, Diddy and Kim Porter
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Diddy is paying tribute to his longtime friend Andre Harrell — who first discovered the music icon — along with the musician's beloved late ex-girlfriend and the mother of his children, Kim Porter.

Harrell died on May 7 at the age of 59. The music executive — who founded Uptown Records in 1986 — died of heart failure in his West Hollywood home, multiple outlets reported. He is survived by his son Gianni, 25. Porter died of lobar pneumonia in her Toluca Lake, California, home on Nov. 15, 2018 at the age of 47. She is mom to son Quincy Brown, 28 (the biological son of Al B. Sure! whom Diddy helped raise), Christian "King" Combs, 22, and twin daughters Jessie James and D'Lila Star Combs, 13.

On Tuesday, the music icon, 50, shared a video of Harrell and Porter dancing together while welcoming the New Year in 2018.

"SAVE ME A DANCE!! @ladykp @andreharrell 💔," Diddy wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. "I PROMISE Y’ALL I’M GOING TO FINISH WHAT WE STARTED!!! REST IN POWER. S— done got REAL!!!! ✊🏿🖤"

"Man this hurts whatever you need king I’m here, I’m here," Tyrese commented. "2 of the loveliest people we ever seen!" DJ Ruckus added.

Diddy previously remembered Harrell with a post he shared Friday, writing, "Irreplaceable 💔 @andreharrell I MISS YOU. HE WAS SO KIND. SO BEAUTIFUL. SO PATIENT. SO BLACK. SO CARING. SO SHARING. SO WISE. THE LIFE OF THE PARTY. A MUSICAL GENIUS! MY HERO. !🖤✊🏿LOVE FOREVER 💔."

Andre Harrell, Diddy
Andre Harrell and Diddy
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In an additional post from Diddy shared on May 11, he included a portion of his acceptance speech during the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala in January where he received the momentous Clive Davis Icon award for his achievements. In the clip, Diddy thanked Harrell for "being a big brother" and having faith in him.

"I hope to God that you are all blessed to have someone in your life that loves you and believes in you like this man believed in me.… I’m going to miss him so much," he wrote. "I can’t even imagine life without Dre."

On Monday, the Grammy-winner posted a heartwarming video featuring a moving song that iconic R&B singer Babyface (né Kenny Edmonds), 62, wrote in remembrance of Harrell. "I remember how you smile / I remember how you laugh / How you always told your truth / And you never held things back," Babyface sings. "How you fought for excellence / To be black as we can be / Andre, you know who you were / And I swear if nothing else, you taught me to be me."

Diddy's bond with Harrell goes beyond their everlasting industry connection. Harrell was also godfather to his son Justin Combs, 26, whom he shares with Misa Hylton.

In an emotional post he shared two days after Harrell's death, Justin expressed his gratitude for the late trailblazer.

"To my God father. Thank u for inspiring me," he began. "Thank u for making me believe. Thank you for guiding me. Thank u for mentoring me. Thank you for making me & everyone feel so special & valued. Thank you for always making sure we knew to keep it sexy & always unapologetically BLACK." He continued his tribute by sharing some of the staples that he will always remember about his godfather, who was known for his smile and warm spirit.

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Brown also paid tribute to the late Harrell, whom he lovingly called "unc."

"Andre was another father figure to me," the star began. "He taught so many of us to be leaders. When he spoke, not only did you hear him, but you felt him. His passion for the culture cannot be duplicated. He also taught us how to celebrate & most importantly he couldn’t help but to smile at you or simply just because. And to the G to my Q @gianni I love you so much bro. You know I got you for life. It makes me happy to know my mom and Dre are tight again. 🤞🏽"

Harrell's only child Gianni honored him on Wednesday in a photo displaying the father-son duo's remarkable resemblance. "Dad, I miss you so much. I love you so much," he began. "I wish it didn’t have to be this way, but Destiny has a plan and I know you’ll never be too far away. You’re still my super hero, life coach, personal comedian, twin, yoga partner, wingman, and best friend. I hope you’re making the most of your time in heaven and please give my love to grandma and @ladykp [Porter], as I miss them dearly. I hope you’re reconnecting with old friends and making new ones— do not sleep on Bruce Lee!"

Diddy's youngest son Christian paid homage to the late music executive as well. "RIP UNC IMMA MISS YOU !!! 👼❤️" he captioned the photo taken while the family was preparing for the forthcoming reboot of MTV's Making the Band

Al B. Sure!, who credits Harrell for jumpstarting his career, also commemorated his longtime friend. "I just don’t know what to say, how to feel or what to think," the music legend, 51, began. "I tried to go live on IG and just express my feelings from the ❤️ but my 💔 is completely broken, completely numb and the words just won’t come together knowing the impact this man had on my life’s journey so I’ll just leave this here for now and put a proper #tribute together when this all makes sense for the Icon, Dr. #AndreHarrell who believed in this youngin’ kid."

In 1983, Harrell was hired by Def Jam Records and worked as vice president. He moved on to become general manager of the label. Three years after teaming up with Russell Simmons at Def Jam, Harrell left to found his own label, Uptown Records, in New York City. It was at Uptown Records that the Bronx-native discovered Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, also known as Diddy.

A special tribute honoring Harrell and his legacy for the outstanding work he's done in the industry will air on Sunday at 7 p.m. local time on BET, YouTube, Revolt and Fox Soul.