Lynette Hardaway, better known as Diamond of the conservative sister duo Diamond and Silk, has died of a heart attack, according to the Associated Press.
The right-wing internet figure’s cause of death was confirmed Tuesday following the release of a death certificate obtained by the AP. Hardaway died Jan. 8 at the age of 51 from heart disease due to chronic high blood pressure, the death certificate said.
According to NBC News, Hardaway and sister Rochelle Richardson, also known as Silk, were born in 1971. For years, the couple has videotaped their far-right comments and posted the videos on Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms.
They are primarily known for their staunch support of Donald Trump during his presidential campaigns and rose to prominence during his 2016 run.
Diamond and Silk also briefly worked as correspondents for Fox News, which went out of business in 2020 after they aired unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about COVID-19. They later hosted the Diamond and Silk: Crystal Clear series on Newsmax and published a book titled Uprising.
At Hardaway’s memorial service Saturday in Fayetteville, North Carolina, her sister Rochelle and their followers spread similar unsubstantiated rumors about Hardaway’s cause of death and blamed COVID-19 vaccines.
Richardson hit twitter on tuesday how news spread about the official cause of her sister’s death. “Instead of emailing me about my sister’s death, use your investigative reporting skills to find out why Americans are suddenly dropping dead!” she wrote.
Trump attended Hardaway’s funeral over the weekend, along with his sister-in-law Lara Trump and North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson, according to the Fayeteville Observer. The service also included a pre-recorded message from Ben Carson, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Trump.
“The world has lost one of its brightest stars,” Trump said during the service. “We’ve lost one of our purest hearts, that’s for sure.”