The conservative world received some heartbreaking news on Monday with the passing of pro-Trump media personality Diamond, of the “Diamond and Silk” duo.
Diamond, whose real name was Lynette Hardaway, was 51.
“Diamond” of Diamond and Silk dies
Hardaway and her sister Rochelle Richardson, or “Silk,” rose to fame for their enthusiastic online support of former President Trump during his historic 2016 presidential campaign.
The news of Hardaway’s death led to an outpouring of tributes from high-profile conservative personalities and public figures, including Trump, who called it “really bad news” for “ALL Americans” in a touching statement.
Trump said Hardaway passed away in her native North Carolina with her sister by her side. The death of “our beautiful Diamond” was “totally unexpected,” Trump said, speculating that her “big and precious HEART just plain gave out.”
“Rest In Peace our Magnificent Diamond, you will be greatly missed!” he wrote.
Conservatives in mourning
The sisters’ official social media confirmed the news in a post asking for fans’ support through GiveSendGo. The post said the “world has just lost a True Angel and Warrior Patriot for Freedom, Love, and Humanity!”
“Diamond blazed a trail, founded on her passion and love for the entire race of humanity,” the statement said. “In this time of grief, please respect the privacy of Diamond’s family but remember and celebrate the gift that she gave us all! Memorial Ceremony to be announced soon.”
Floria congressman Matt Gaetz (R) called the news “very sad,” while Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake said the Trump movement “lost an incredible voice when God called Lynette Hardaway home. ”
The cause of death wasn’t shared. In November, the pair asked fans to “please pray for Diamond.”
Hardaway was born on Thanksgiving in 1971, the same year as her sister, the duo wrote in their book Uprising: Who the Hell Said You Can’t Ditch and Switch? The sisters were lifelong Democrats before becoming Trump supporters.
The duo were regular Fox News guests before they were blacklisted in 2020 over COVID “misinformation,” including the claim that pandemic death counts were being inflated to hurt Trump’s re-election effort. They also had a show on Newsmax, Diamond and Silk Crystal Clear.
Diamond and Silk were vocal advocates of free speech. They testified before Congress in 2018 about social media censorship, an issue that has only become more pressing over the past few years.