Everything You NTK About The Infection That Killed Kim Porter, Bernie Mac & More Stars

Everything You NTK About The Infection That Killed Kim Porter, Bernie Mac & More Stars

It's easy to treat yet people die from it every year.

Published November 20, 2018

The late Kim Porter’s friends and family are still mourning over the shocking news of her tragic and sudden death.

Though medical examiners and the Los Angeles coroners still haven’t confirmed the cause of Kim’s death, sources site that Diddy’s ex was suffering from pneumonia in the time leading up to her death.

FYI: The 47-year-old mother of four isn’t the first celebrity to die of this common illness. Others such as Bernie Mac, Stan Lee, Miles Davis, James Brown, and even Harriet Tubman have died from pneumonia.

While some are using her death to advocate for the flu vaccine, others are confused on how people die from the common lung infection. So, why exactly do some people, especially those as young as Kim Porter, die from the flu-like illness, pneumonia? We found out.

Here’s everything you need to know about pneumonia:


  1. According to Health.com, Pneumonia is a lung infection that is typically caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. It is typically spread during the same time as flu season when individuals are coughing, sneezing or touching not-so-clean surfaces.

    (Via Health.com)

  2. According to Times Now, the symptoms are similar to the flu. Common symptoms include a cough, fever, headache, shortness of breath, chest pain, shaking chills, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting. According to the American Lung Association, pneumonia can even be spread by those showing no symptoms.

    (Via Times Now)

  3. The healthier you are, the easier it is to fight off this deadly infection. Pneumonia is most deadly in infants, people over the age of 65, and people fighting serious diseases who may have weakened immune systems.

    (Via Health.com)

  4. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 million Americans are sent to the hospital with pneumonia every year and around 50,000 of those individuals die from the disease.

    (Via Health.com)

  5. The best way to prevent pneumonia is to get your seasonal flu shots since the virus can lead to pneumonia. The best way to fight pneumonia is to immediately seek medical care if you begin showing symptoms. The ALA says that taking antibiotics and getting rest is the most crucial way to fully recover.

    (Via Health.com)

  6. Other home remedies for those suffering from pneumonia include ginger, turmeric, or peppermint tea, as well as warm soup.

    (Via Times Now)

Written by BET Staff

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