One-half of the pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk has died.
Trump broke the news on Truth Social that Lynette Hardaway, known as “Diamond” to both her fans and detractors, had passed away.
The memory of her passing should forever remain in our hearts. In this time of grief, please respect the privacy of Diamond’s family but remember and celebrate the gift that she gave us all!
Diamond’s death was totally unexpected, probably her big and precious HEART just plain gave out.”
As Diamond and Silk, Hardaway and Richardson rose to fame on the right as outspoken African-American supporters of Trump during his 2016 presidential run.
The duo’s Twitter account confirmed Hardaway’s death shortly afterwards, writing that the world
just lost a True Angel and Warrior Patriot.”
The pair parlayed their Trump connection into jobs at FoxNews. The network ended the relationship in 2020 after the duo repeated the conspiracy theory that COVID death figures were being manipulated to make Trump look bad.
In November, the duo’s Twitter account asked followers to pray for Hardaway, but didn’t specify her illness. Rumors have run rampant on social media that she was hospitalized with (and died) from complications due to COVID. Hardaway briefly returned to her show in December dismissing unsourced online reports that the ardent COVID vaccine opponent had been hospitalized with the coronavirus as
Hardaway filmed her final episode on December 15, 2022.
Lynette Hardaway was 51.
The World just lost a True Angel and Warrior Patriot for Freedom, Love, and Humanity! Please respect the privacy of Diamond’s family! Memorial Ceremony TBA.— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) January 10, 2023
Contributions towards Preserving Diamond’s Legacy are only being accepted at the following link:https://t.co/g6J6NlBXE7
(Photos, YouTube; via The Daily Beast)