Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway, of the famed pro-Trump sister duo Diamond and Silk, passed away on Monday at the age of 51, according to The Washington Times.
The sisters from North Carolina rose to prominence in 2015 as ardent and outspoken supporters of then-candidate Donald Trump and continued to be popular and well-regarded by both the former president as well as many of his voters.
That stardom led to numerous regular appearances on Fox News programs and even a show of their own on Fox Nation from 2018-2020 and, more recently, on conservative Newsmax TV. The duo also published a best-selling book titled “Uprising: Who the Hell Said You Can’t Ditch and Switch? — The Awakening of Diamond and Silk.”
“World just lost a True Angel”
The death of Hardaway was announced in a Monday evening post to the official Diamond and Silk Twitter account that said, “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.”
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.
Contributions towards Preserving Diamond’s Legacy are only being accepted at the following link:https://t.co/g6J6NlBXE7
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) January 10, 2023
The post also included a link to a GiveSendGo fundraiser page as a memorial for Hardaway under the control of the other half of the sister duo, Herneitha Rochelle “Silk” Hardaway Richardson.
“The World 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 memorial page stated. “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!”
“Rest In Peace our Magnificent Diamond”
Around the same time that Hardaway’s death was announced on the Diamond and Silk Twitter account, former President Trump weighed in on the matter in a post to his Truth Social account to offer his condolences to Richardson and the rest of Hardaway’s family, friends, and fans.
“Really bad news for Republicans and frankly, ALL Americans,” Trump wrote. “Our beautiful Diamond, of Diamond and Silk, has just passed away at her home in the State she loved so much, North Carolina. Silk was with her all the way, and at her passing.”
“There was no better TEAM anywhere, or at any time! Diamond’s death was totally unexpected, probably her big and precious HEART just plain gave out,” he added. “Rest In Peace our Magnificent Diamond, you will be greatly missed!”
Haters gonna hate
Newsweek reported that no cause of death has been revealed yet for Hardaway, but that didn’t stop leftist haters of former President Trump — who by extension viscerally hate his staunch supporters — from ghoulishly celebrating her death and wildly speculating on the cause.
Hardaway had been hospitalized in November with an undisclosed illness, which some of her critics assumed was COVID-19 — though she had specifically denied that in December.
Nevertheless, given her prior denunciation of the pandemic as a “hoax” and her openly stated opposition to COVID vaccine mandates, some of her haters cited baseless and since-retracted reports that she had died of a COVID infection.