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My Friend In 1996 Porter traveled to Thailand to appear at the Thailand International Jazz Festival. After the festival on 23 November he went boating on the Kratha Taek reservoir in Sai Yok, Thailand. Tragically, the boat Porter was traveling on overturned, and Porter, along with several others, drowned. Porter was survived by his wife and two elementary age sons. In 1998, the album For Art's Sake was posthumously released in his honor. It was filled with songs Porter had composed and played, but had not yet put on an album, as well as songs by other artists dedicated to Porter.