The soap opera star was found unresponsive at his home in Los Angeles.
“I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir,” Debbie Allen shared on Twitter.
Los Angeles journalist’s death is being investigated as a possible overdose.
She helmed such films as “Big” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”
She passed away in California after a long illness.
Porter was “discovered unresponsive”at her home in Los Angeles.
“Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect,” Disney said in a statement.
“She spoke for, and in fact embodied the ongoing struggle of black women,” her daughter said.
The veteran actor passed away Thursday at a hospital in Florida.
Her daughter shared the sad news with fans on Facebook.
Leach most recently covered entertainment for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Legendary singer known for such hits as “Respect” passed away Thursday from cancer.