Diamond, the conservative pundit who was part of the pro-Trump YouTuber duo “Diamond and Silk” with her sister, has died, former President Donald Trump announced on Truth Social on January 9, 2023. Her real name was Lynette Hardaway.

Trump wrote that Diamond’s cause of death was “probably her big and precious HEART just plain” giving out, although it’s not clear whether that will be her official cause of death from the medical examiner’s office. The “Diamond and Silk” Twitter account confirmed Monday night that Diamond was dead. She rose to fame in Republican circles alongside her sister, Rochelle Hardaway Richardson, known as Silk, after they started promoting Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.

MyPillow founder Mike Lindell told The Daily Beast that he learned she had died from Trump’s post but knew she “had been sick,” but he did not say with what illness.

The Daily Beast reported that, after the pair’s Twitter page asked followers to pray for Lynette Hardaway in November, Hardaway “briefly returned to her show in December dismissing unsourced online reports” that she had been hospitalized with COVID-19, calling them “fake news.” Her last episode with the “Diamond and Silk” show was on December 15, 2022, Daily Beast reported.

“Diamond and Silk” tweeted on November 26, 2022, “Anyone who believes in the power of prayer please pray for Diamond.”

Public records obtained by Heavy give her full name as Ineitha Lynnette Hardaway and say she was 51.

“The World just lost a True Angel and Warrior Patriot for Freedom, Love, and Humanity!” Diamond and Silk wrote on GiveSendGo, referring to Diamond as Lynette Hardaway.

“Diamond blazed a trail, founded on her passion and love for the entire race of humanity. 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!”

Here’s what you need to know:

In his post on Truth Social, Trump confirmed that Hardaway had died suddenly.

“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,” the former president’s post read.


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