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Also Known As: P Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Combs, Sean Puffy Combs, Sean John Combs Died:
Born: November 4, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: musician, producer, actor, dancer, model, fashion designer, promoter, busboy, waiter, restaurateur, paper boy

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A talented producer who introduced such best-selling hip-hop artists as Lil' Kim and The Notorious B.I.G., Sean "Puff Daddy/Puffy/P.Diddy/Diddy" Combs transformed himself from a sharp business mogul into a top recording artist and talented actor. After becoming the youngest executive at Uptown Records when he was just 19, Combs jumpstarted numerous fledgling careers, only to be summarily fired due to internal power struggles. He soon formed his own company, Bad Boy Entertainment, which became responsible for launching the career of Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, widely considered to be the greatest rapper of all time. But tragedy struck when Biggie was gunned down in a drive-by, leaving Bad Boy without its top-selling artist and Combs without his close friend. Combs paid tribute to his fallen friend with the hit single, "I'll Be Missing You" (1997), which also ushered in his career as a recording artist. Combs entered into other entrepreneurial ventures like opening the soul food restaurant Justin's and starting the very successful Sean John clothing line. When he seemed to reach new heights, however, Combs ran into serious legal trouble that threatened to derail not only his career, but his...

A talented producer who introduced such best-selling hip-hop artists as Lil' Kim and The Notorious B.I.G., Sean "Puff Daddy/Puffy/P.Diddy/Diddy" Combs transformed himself from a sharp business mogul into a top recording artist and talented actor. After becoming the youngest executive at Uptown Records when he was just 19, Combs jumpstarted numerous fledgling careers, only to be summarily fired due to internal power struggles. He soon formed his own company, Bad Boy Entertainment, which became responsible for launching the career of Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, widely considered to be the greatest rapper of all time. But tragedy struck when Biggie was gunned down in a drive-by, leaving Bad Boy without its top-selling artist and Combs without his close friend. Combs paid tribute to his fallen friend with the hit single, "I'll Be Missing You" (1997), which also ushered in his career as a recording artist. Combs entered into other entrepreneurial ventures like opening the soul food restaurant Justin's and starting the very successful Sean John clothing line. When he seemed to reach new heights, however, Combs ran into serious legal trouble that threatened to derail not only his career, but his very freedom following a shootout at a nightclub that lead to criminal weapons charges. With his then girlfriend Jennifer Lopez at his side, Combs managed to beat the high-profile wrap, though some in his entourage were not so fortunate. Nonetheless, he continued advancing himself, becoming an executive producer of the MTV series "Making the Band" and "I Want to Work for Diddy" (VH1, 2008- ), while demonstrating his acting bona fides in "Monsters Ball" (2001) and "A Raisin in the Sun" (ABC, 2008), all of which confirmed his status as a multi-faceted and self-taught talent who never failed to surprise fans.

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  Diddy Runs the City (2003) Director

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 Draft Day (2014)
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 Lockdown, USA (2006)
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 Fade to Black (2004)
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 Monster's Ball (2002) Lawrence Musgrove
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Milestones close milestones

1971:
Hired to model for a Baskin-Robbins print ad at age two (date approximate)
1973:
Following his father's murder, mother purchased a home in Mount Vernon, New York
1982:
Relocated from Harlem to Mount Vernon at age twelve (date approximate)
1985:
Made friends with Mount Vernon rap star Heavy D
1987:
Through Heavy D, joined up with Uptown Records executive Andre Harrell, who gave him an intern position
1989:
At age 19, became the youngest executive in the music business as vice president of A&R for Uptown
1991:
Made headlines when a celebrity basketball game he promoted at CCNY in Harlem was oversold, resulting in a crush that claimed nine lives and left another twenty-nine injured
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After breaking artists like Jodeci and Mary J. Blige, was named vice president of A&R for Uptown Records
1992:
Worked with Mary J. Blige, shaping her sound and image and ending up with the hit album "What's the 411?"
1992:
Fired from Uptown Records
1994:
Bad Boy had its first hit with the Craig Mack single "Flava in Ya Ear"
1994:
Bad Boy released the debut album by Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace)
1995:
Bad Boy artist Notorious B.I.G. has his first hit with the hip-hop smash "Big Poppa"
1997:
Along with Mase and Notorious B.I.G., scored a hit with "Mo Money, Mo Problems"
1997:
On March 9, Combs' partner and friend Christopher 'Notorious B.I.G.' Wallace gunned down in Los Angeles after the Soul Train Music Awards
1997:
Opened the Carribean and soul food restaurant Justin's in New York City
1997:
Released debut album "No Way Out" featuring the hit "It's All About the Benjamins" and the Notorious B.I.G. tribute "I'll Be Missing You"
1998:
Opened a branch of Justin's in Atlanta
1998:
Launched the clothing label Sean John, adding fashion designer to his many undertakings
1998:
Recorded "Come With Me", a single based around Jimmy Page's guitar riff in the Led Zeppelin classic "Kashmir"
1998:
Was cast in and dropped out of the Oliver Stone drama "Any Given Sunday"; replaced by Jamie Foxx
1998:
Inked a development deal with Dimension, forming Bad Boy Films
1999:
After filming a video with NAS featuring a crucifixion scene he later regretted, assaulted Interscope executive Steve Stoute whom he believed to have allowed the video to air on MTV
1999:
On December 27, was detained along with girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and protege Shyne in connection with a shooting at Club New York; later indicted on weapons charges
2000:
Along with Bad Boy artists Lil' Kim and Lil' Cease, was hit with a $200 million invasion of privacy suit stemming from a track on Lil' Cease's album that sampled dialogue from a telephone conversation
2000:
Entered the lucrative pop music realm with his girl group Dream; the quartet have a hit with "He Loves You Not"
2001:
Hit with a child support suit from longtime girlfriend Kim Porter, mother of his son Christopher
2001:
Acquitted of all charges relating to the December 1999 shooting at Club New York
2001:
Film acting debut, "Made"
2001:
Acted in the feature drama "Monster's Ball"
2003:
Signed a three year distribution deal with Arista Records. The agreement allowed Combs to retain ownership of his company "Bad Boy" while Universal assumed the promotion and marketing cost for Bad Boy's musical acts
2003:
Completed his first New York Marathon, raising more than $2 million for various children's charities
2004:
Made his stage debut in the revival of the Lorraine Hansberry drama "A Raisin in the Sun"; played the role of Walter Lee Younger which was originated by Sidney Poitier
2006:
Executive produced "Celebrity Cooking Showdown," (NBC) a reality competition featuring celebrities paired up with professional chefs
2008:
Once again played the role of Walter Lee Younger in ABC's "A Raisin in the Sun"
2010:
Co-starred with Jonah Hill and Russell Brand in "Get Him to the Greek"
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Education

Howard University: Washington , Washington D.C. -
St. Charles Borromeo School: New York , New York -
Mount St. Michael Academy: Bronx , New York - 1987

Notes

"Everybody has to be accountable, even myself. I have to be accountable and I have to be responsible to bring my son up the right way, and I have to be accountable and responsible even for the music that I put out. I have to do whatever I could do to put as much positivity out there. And it may, and I'm not talking about just going out there and making a record stop the violence, I'm talking about making records that give you a good feeling. Making sure that I understand what's coming out of one of my artist's mouths. And how I could use my intelligence, my wisdom of things that I've seen to try to make sure that they, that you get your point across as an artist. Also at the same time maybe you could say it in another way and get your point across, to where it won't look like you think this is all right, because this is not all right."---Combs discussing the fallout of the March 9, 1997 murder of his cohort Notorious B.I.G. in an interview with Kurt Loder for MTVNEWS.com, March 31, 1997.

"He's got vision. There are very few people who [do], and he's got it in abundance."---Mogul Donald Trump on Combs as a businessman to People, October 18, 1999.

"I can be in the restaurant business; I can be on stage, in the boardroom, on the dance floor, in the stands."---Combs quoted in an interview with Vanity Fair, August 2000.

"He was the kind of guy that most people would find annoying if they didn't understand his purpose. People misconstrued the energy as being, 'This guy's a pain in the ass' or whatever. He was always a go-getter, willing to do whatever it took."---Heavy D on Combs in his up and coming early years as quoted in Vanity Fair, August 2000.

"Only a foolish man would bet against Combs' making an excellent actor."---Profiler Steven Daly chronicling Combs' rise and noting his latest endeavors into the feature film arena, Vanity Fair, August 2000.

"No more Puff Daddy. The first week in June we're going to have a name change ceremony. I'm not doing it as serious as Prince [but] I just want something fresh. I'm rockin' with P. Diddy now. My man Biggie [late Bad Boy artist Notorious B.I.G.] gave me that name."---A post-aquittal Combs on his new moniker, quoted in an interview with MTVNEWS.com, March 28, 2001.

"Fashion is about leaving on your jacket when other people are too hot to bother."---Combs quoted to US Weekly, October 28, 2002.

"I've had ups and downs, successes and failures. It's important for kids to know that. Sometimes people forget. I can't really forget the things I've been through in the last five years. Everything hasn't always been peachy-keen, so this year has been a relief."---Combs to In Touch, June 28, 2004.

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companion:
Misa Hylton-Brim. Fashion designer, stylist. Mother of Justin; separated shortly after Justin's birth in 1993.
companion:
Kim Porter. Model. Mother of Christian; split in 1998; reconciled in 2001.
companion:
Jennifer Lopez. Actor, singer. Reportedly began dating in early 1998, though both denied relationship; began dating publicly in 1999; reportedly split in late 2000; announced break up February 2001.
companion:
Emma Hemming. Model. Brazilian; both claim to be just "good friends".
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Family close complete family listing

grandmother:
Jessie Smalls. Born in 1921; died in 1994; Smalls was Combs' primary caretaker while his mother worked to put him through private school.
father:
Melvin Combs. Cab driver. Deceased; fatally shot in Central Park on January 26, 1972 at age thirty-three in what was believed to be a drug deal gone wrong.
mother:
Janice Combs.
sister:
Keisha Combs. Born in 1971.
son:
Justin Combs. Born in 1993.
son:
Christian Casey Combs. Born on April 1, 1998;.
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